Sl2college, one of Sri Lanka’s premier volunteer-driven organization with the vision of becoming “An information hub for Sri Lankan students seeking to pursue higher education”. SL2College helps Sri Lankan students with their higher education goals by providing free, accurate, in-depth and unbiased information about many aspects of higher education within Sri Lanka and overseas. Run by a global community of past and present Sri Lankan graduate students, faculty members and entrepreneurs residing in many countries, SL2College is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.
The quarterly meet up of the organization happened on 22nd of October 2013 at WS02 premises Colombo-03. This meetup is a platform for its team members to meet each other and get to know more about the great work that is being done while showing different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. Indicating the success of having meetups, participation of new enthusiastic volunteers doubled when compared with the previous meetup. They all were willing to contribute their time and effort towards ongoing projects of SL2College.
The event was started by Nayana Samaranayake, the founding member of SL2College, introducing the organization and its achievements. Then Kethika Kulleperuma, representing marketing team, explained about the activities of the marketing team. She pointed that Social Media is ever evolving and is highly dynamic which provides many opportunities to any organization to bring their name upfront. Furthermore, she invited new volunteers to join marketing team.
Next, Tilan Wijesooriya representing SL2College editorial team, focused on the importance of reaching rural areas in Sri Lanka with their local media, namely Sinhala and Tamil. He further stated about regular articles presented by SL2College for Vidusara and Navaliya magazines.
Then, Rasitha Wijesekara and Charith Sooriyaarachchi introduced Volunteer and Team building activities of SL2College. SL2College organizes mentoring sessions for its team members in order to build their personal and professional skills, where high profiled and successful personnel will be mentoring the volunteers. In the past sessions, Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna (CEO of WSO2), Mr. Rohan Jayaweera (Country Consultant at Google) and many industry professionals have shared their knowledge and ideas with SL2College members. Pasindu Perara and Thushan Ganegedara then spoke on SL2College web team and Asia student mentor network respectively.
Rashmika Nawaratne concluded the speeches explaining school seminar series conducted by Sl2College, in collaboration with Ministry of Education and US Embassy. Under the school seminar series SL2College has done a successful seminar at Richmond College, Galle and planning to conduct several school seminars in Gampaha and Jaffna in the coming months. Rashmika invited speakers to talk about higher education in both Sinhala and Tamil mediums.
The speeches were to get newcomers up to speed on knowledge about SL2College and the current events happening. Then an interesting quiz session was conducted by Rasitha, which most the participants got thrilled and won chocolates.
The meetup concluded with refreshments and a networking session where the new volunteers met the SL2College core team members and showed their interested on various projects conducted by SL2College.
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Article by: Mohammed Aasir