News from SRI LANKA – A Future Teacher
Ashini is 12 years old and is described as a very bright student who scores very good marks in exams. She is top of her class. Although she faces a lot of economical problems, Ashini always strives to do her best. Ashini enjoys Science. In her application for sponsorship, she wrote, “My favourite subject is Science. I would like to be a teacher and serve my country. I will study hard to make my dream come true. If I get this scholarship, I would be able to spend it on stationery such as text books and note books, pens and other basic school needs. So this scholarship would be a great help in making my dream come true.”
Ashini’s school test results show how much she values and enjoys school. She was top of her class (position 1 out of 44) and the following is her school report:
Religion 100%, Sinhala 90%, Mathematics 86%, Science 93%, English 62%, Citizenship Education 98%, Geography 92%, History 88%, Health Science 79%, PE 80%, Dancing 91%.
In January 2014, the school wrote of their delight to receive the sponsorship for the 6 girls.
“Today I write with very happy news. In our school system, we start the new year in January. Students start their studies in the new class in January. So all the six girls have got good marks & passed to the new grade. Under the guidance of our principal, we called up the parents to the school and gave them the necessary advice on how to spend the money. We managed to present the funds to them. They are all amazed by the generosity of the Fund in accepting them for sponsorship. Some thanked with tears in the corners of their eyes. The principal and all the teacher, together with the parents, are extremely grateful to you for your generosity. We promise to send you some photos and receipts soon. But the exam records will be sent after April as our First Term Exam is in April. We all wish you all the best ... God Bless You.”
In a letter from Mr Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, addressed to the outgoing Chairperson, Ms Jenny Groves, he commented on the successful use of funding that was allocated to the CGEF (formerly the CCLEF) to fund girls' secondary school bursaries.
He particularly commended the Fund on "the expeditious manner in which the financial reporting on the disbursement of the funds for this purpose was managed."
Furthermore, he advised that ARK had granted an additional amount to the Fund "so that it can continue its good work in providing bursaries for young women in secondary education in Commonwealth developing countries."
A proud moment indeed for all the Trustees, friends and beneficiaries of the Fund.
CCLEF Ambassador and CCL Alumna Ladi Dariya was recently presented to HM The Queen during a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth held at Buckingham Palace.
The event, which had musical performances by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, was also attended by other members of the royal family including HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Princess Beatrice of York.
Representing the CCLEF work in girls’ education around the Commonwealth, Ladi joined other professionals in the field of education during this colour and vibrant event. Ladi, who is the founder of the ‘Thousand Schools for a Thousand Girls’ Initiative, was recognised for her personal efforts in the promotion of gender equality. Coming from a very humble background and witnessing the gender gap in education in many Commonwealth countries, she has made championing the cause of girls and women her life’s work.
Commenting on the experience, Ladi said that it felt quite surreal to drink royal champagne, eat dainty canapés and chat with royalty and select captains of education from across the Commonwealth. The CCLEF is proud of what Ladi has achieved. Currently Director of Communications for Madrinha Trust - a funding and mentoring trust – she is a CCL Alumna who works hard to enable other girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential.
CCLEF Ambassador and CCL Alumna presented to HM The Queen at a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth