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National educators strengthen private sector English education With International Benchmarks

2013 Aug 12

Dr. Mahim Mendis

The English education sector in Sri Lanka is being enriched by a platform set up by a group of Sri Lankans with strong professional and academic credentials. The team has got together to empower children, youth and adults with communication skills in English, through programs carrying globally-recognized benchmarks.

This is a timely initiative mooted by national university academics, senior teachers and corporate trainers who have set up the Rainbow Institute of Communication and English (www.rainbow.lk), affiliated to City and Guilds, International, UK.

The institute is headed by Manique Mendis, a leading communication specialist with more than 25 years of senior management experience in local and international organizations and Sandra Fernando, a literary personality with long experience in teaching in International schools in Sri Lanka and overseas, providing leadership for quality assurance benchmarking and academic development. The well-known academic Dr. Mahim Mendis, a British Chevening Scholar with postgraduate research degrees from UK, USA and Singapore is the chief educational adviser of the institute.

"The Rainbow Institute of Communication and English is filling a vacuum for high quality teaching at an affordable price in a context where private sector education has become a highly commercialized commodity", says Dr. Mendis. He elaborated that a large number Sri Lankans are greatly constrained in maximizing their potential both locally and internationally, due to lack of skills and confidence in English.

The aim of the institute is to provide top quality English and communication training with international benchmarks from City and Guilds, UK, at an affordable rate to Sri Lankans.

The Rainbow Institute is offering English courses to a wide range of groups such as young learners, college students, English teachers, school leavers, housewives, job seekers, managers, executives, shop and office workers, clergy and politicians.

The Institute provides free of charge a range of extra-curricular activities such as a public speaking club, reference library, career guidance clinics, guest lectures, debates, competitions and mock exams. These activities are geared to develop the personalities of students and improve their communication skills in an English learning environment.

Rainbow Institute of Communication and English is a project of the consultancy and training company, Rainbow Resources Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=85585

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