As a parallel event for Asia Pacific Week of code, Microsoft Sri Lanka & Sarvodaya – Fusion organized the We Speak Code programme at Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala on the 26th of April 2014. The programme was conducted by Microsoft interns Miss. Dinushika Abeygunasekara and Mr.Dushantha Ranwala. Taking in to consideration the higher no of participants (43) and limitations of resources in these type of rural settings, the programme was held in two sessions to maximize the outcomes.
In his welcome note, Mr. Santhusha Jayathilaka, Manager of the Nenasala spoke about the importance of this progarmme & extended a special thanks to Microsoft Sri Lanka & Fusion for providing this opportunity to them. The welcome note was followed by two speeches; a briefing from the Sarvodaya – Fusion representative Miss. Wimarshana Ranasinghe on the role of Fusion in this programme and an oration by the Microsoft Instructor on how this programme is conducted worldwide.
The first session started with a video clip. The students had to identify the familiar faces on that video. Then they were introduced to a coding game. Participants were fully engaged with the programme as it was a really new experience for them and they tried really hard to complete all the levels within the given time frame. However, with the limited resources participants had to share computers as a result of which they took up extra time than scheduled to complete the coding game. The session was wrapped up at around 11.45am at the end of which three students gave thanking speeches. They thanked the staff of Udubaddawa Nenasla for giving this rare opportunity to them and also thanked the Microsoft Sri lanka for their valuable support and Fusion for giving them such a wonderful experience. After taking the group photographs, by 12.00 noon the 1st session concluded successfully.
Second session started shortly afterwards at 12.15 noon. For the second session there were only 8 participants which left lots of space & time for Nenasala staff members to actively participate in the second session. The session took nearly 3 hours to conclude by which time almost all the participants were able to complete the coding game and wrap up by posing for their group photo. At the end of the programme, Microsoft interns were presented with a souvenir by Nenasala Staff for their valuable contribution.