An English Teacher From germany Visits batuwangala e-village.

heiki2 Batuwangala e-village students got a nice chance to participate in an English course conducted by Miss. Heike Sonntag,Language department head of Robert Gerwing Schule of Germany. She visited Batuwangala e-village last 29th and was here till 31st of March 2009.She was very happy to be here with the children and she worked all the day along with the children.
Miss. Heike is the first ever Foreign Volunteer who visited the Batuwangala e-village. Villagers and the children were very happy to see her here in Batuwangala Maha Vodyalaya. She conducted separate sessions of English for children from junior e-village team and senior e-village team.She also conducted English workshop for grade 12 Students of batuwangala maha vidyalaya.Students were confident enough to use English and Miss Heike made student to speak the language which they havealready learned.

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Junior e-village children participate their common English class this week with Miss Heike and this Session went on more than 3 hours.End of each and every session children wanted their new English teacher to be with them even for One mounth.How ever she left Batuwangala e-village with the promise of she will come back.The Principal of Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya,The staff and Parents gave their thanks to the New English teacher.

We would like to thank Miss Heike for her dedication to teach English to our e-village children and of course we would like to thank Mr.Mangus from Germany and Mr.Chandrapala from Sri Lanken Embassy from Milano for their kind consideration of Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya.

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About batuwangala

I am Aruna Chaminda Pushpakumara.I was born as the eldest of my family. I have one sister. we live in Galle. I was a extroversive character from my childhood. I used to be with my grandmother when I was a child. She was my first teacher. She lived in polonnaruwa and to day I believe, the time I spent with my grand mother has made me who I am today. From the childhood I wanted to learn every thing. I can remember well. I didn’t wanted to pass the examinations. But wanted to learn how things work. I was not a tamed boy. As my grandmother most of the time had to visit my school for principals, class teacher’s messages. I did two things from the begging. One was mathematics. The other was English. I got through my OL with a distinction for mathematics. Then every one in my family wanted me to learn to be an engineer. But I wanted to be a doctor. I got through the GCE AL. But couldn’t enter the university. Then I applied for National College of Education. I got selected for Mahaweli National College of Education. This is the place where I became a defferent man. I followed the teacher training course and of course I rather followed IT over there. Most of the time I observed thing deeply and I had the ability to endure thing thoroughly. After three years of my training I came out from the college as a full teacher. Even to day I would like to thank full my teachers over there. Madam Rathnayake and Madam Manik wawegama was my best teacher Educators. Specially Assistant Principal Mr.Premadasa of Nugawela Boys College is some one I will never forget. As a whole by Teacher training I got vast knowledge, and experiences which I absorbed through out that time period helped me to work and think not only a Teacher but a counselor, also as a matured person who can understand things and how the universe works. I got my teacher appointment in 2006.I came to Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya as an English teacher. Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya is a Beautiful location. I was living in busy environment before coming here. But after I came to batuwangala I felt that I came to the place where I meant to be. So Finally I studied about the village and one day mathematics teacher Mr.Sarath brought me in to the computer lab. I saw more than 20computers were there. Dust full environment. Only three pcs were preferably can use.Mr.Sarath talked to me and he talked to principal and so I became the in charge of the lab. I cleaned the lab for more than 24 hours with senior students. Students were curios abut their new teacher who rarely speaks Sinhala.I finished the labs security levels and opened the lab for children. We published a web site for our school. Within one month. Student became friendly and I always asked them to take me as a friend who knows more than them .I also have given them the freedom to think up to far far away so they can explore things in different ways .I asked them always to start thinking where I stoped.I teach them not to pass all that examinations but to live. One day accidentally Mr.Block Jayathissa who was the Southern province IT director for SEMP talked to me. So as we were given evillage project. From there we has come across lots of obstacles. But my students, and me always silent but working. To day I have bough the innocent students to the global village. Batuwangala is 65km away from Galle city.But now I have made it one click to the whole world. Principal Thilaka Wijenayake,BMV staff helped me and guided me through.I want to see a day where my students use computers as professionals do one day.
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