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3rd Phase of HSBC/Microsoft Scholarship Programme comes to a successful conclusion

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The 3rd stage of HSBC/Microsoft Scholarship Programme successfully concluded with the fourth career guidance programme held at the Zonal Education office Paddiruppu, Batticaloa last Friday (25th July 2014). Mrs. Pillainayagam; Education Director of Paddiruppu Zonal Division graced the event as the chief guest.

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HSBC/Microsoft Career Guidance Programme reaches Gampaha District

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The 3rd HSBC/Microsoft Career Guidance Programme that was scheduled to be held on the 11th of July 2014 at G.B. Senanayake Maha Vidyalaya, successfully concluded last Friday. Mrs. Maithree Malwattegoda; the Deputy Manager of Sarvodaya Fusion, Ms. Heshani Jayaweera; Banking Associate of HSBC and the principal of G.B. Senanayake Vidyalaya opened the career guidance platform with providing meaningful speeches on the importance of proper career and future planning. Following the speeches, the audience was handed over to the HSBC resource team lead by Heshani to conduct the training. Under the HSBC/Microsoft project, 40 DICA passed out students from Infinite Computer Education Centre, Ja-ela participated this training. On the request of the school principal, an additional 20 A/L students of G.B. Senanayake Maha Vidyalaya were given the opportunity to attend the training as guest participants.

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HSBC/Microsoft Career Guidance Programmes in Jaffna & Matara Districts Conclude Successfully

Proper Guidance towards choosing a future career path can make a big impact on a youth’s future, especially for those who come from marginalized communities where a “Future Career” is only defined in terms of Doctors, Engineers, Teachers and another few professions. Though they have so much potential, these youth are often not so open to the idea of stepping outside these boundaries and exploring new career paths nor do they seem to correctly understand the competition for university entrance or even the employ-ability of University graduates in Sri Lanka. These youth from rural, low income Sri Lankan communities often possess lots of talents with tremendous potential towards a bright future but as a result of lacking the soft skills required to be employed in professional careers, they often end up in low level jobs such as clerical, labor work and garment jobs.

The scholarship programme of Microsoft & HSBC in partnership with Fusion is one such attempt taken in supporting these sort of talented youth across Sri Lanka. As the 3rd phase of this CSR Project, Career Guidance Programmes are being held in the project Districts – Jaffna, Matara, Gampaha and Batticaloa. The top 50 students from each district who have excelled in the DICA final examination are selected to get the career guidance training. As of now, the programmes in Jaffna and Matara Districts have concluded successfully and the Gampaha and Batticaloa programmes are scheduled to be held on the 11th of July and 25th of July 2014 respectively.

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idea shop: Connecting coders and NGO’s for social good

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When it comes to using information technology to solve problems of communities, NGO sector need to play a leading role.

So why is it that NGO’s with great networks, human resources and know how, fail to create a larger impact in societies?

Limited usage of information technology is one.

NGO’s are not in a greater position to recruit the talent which is expensive. And even if they have, NGO’s often lack a vision and thought leadership to guide it.

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