All the Rotaract clubs are striving to achieve the vision ‘Together’, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and ourselves. Hence they identify and address timely and relevant social issues within different communities for the betterment of society. These projects benefit the Rotaractors in terms of developing leadership, communication and professional skills, and have fun through service. The 31st Rotaract District Assembly did not fail to appreciate their efforts and encourage such projects in the future. Now let’s look at the award-winning projects under the criteria ‘Emerging Initiative of the Year 2020/21’.

සියලුම රොටරැක්ට් සමාජ උත්සහ කරන්නේ ‘එක්ව, කල් පවත්නා වෙනසක් ලොව පුරා, අපගේ ප්‍රජාවේ, සහ අප තුළ ඇති කිරීමට එක්සත් ව පියවර ගන්නා මිනිසුන් සිටින ලොවක් දැකීම’ යන දැක්ම සාක්ෂාත් කර ගැනීමටයි. එබැවින් ඔවුන් සමාජයේ යහපැවැත්ම උදෙසා විවිධ ප්‍රජාවන් තුළ පවතින කාලීන සහ අදාළ සමාජ ගැටලු හඳුනාගෙන ඒවා විසඳීමට තැත් කරයි. මෙම ව්‍යාපෘති රොටරැක්ට් සාමාජිකයින්ගේ නායකත්ව කුසලතා, සන්නිවේදන කුසලතා, සහ වෘත්තිමය කුසලතා දියුණු කරන අතර සේවය තුළින් විනෝදයක් ද ලබා දේ. 31 වන රොටරැක්ට් දිස්ත්‍රික්ක රැස්වීම ඔවුන්ගේ එම ප්‍රයත්න අගය කොට අනාගතයේ එවැනි තවත් ව්‍යාපෘති දියත් කිරීමට දිරිමත් කිරීමටත් අමතක නොකළේය. දැන් අප ‘Emerging Initiative of the Year 2020/21’ යන නිර්ණායකය යටතේ සම්මානයෙන් පිදුම් ලැබූ ව්‍යාපෘති දෙසට යොමු වෙමු.

‘நம்மிலும் சமூகங்களிலும் நீடித்த மாற்றத்தை உருவாக்க நடவடிக்கையெடுக்கும் ஒரு உலகத்தை உருவாக்குவோம்’ என்ற தூர நோக்கை அடைவதற்கு அனைத்து ரோட்டராக்ட் கழகங்களும் அர்ப்பணிப்புடன் செயற்படுகின்றனர். எனவே அவர்கள் பல சமூகப் பிரச்சினைகளை இனங்கண்டு நிவர்த்தி செய்வதனூடாக சமூகத்தின் முன்னேற்றத்திற்கு பாரியளவில் பங்களிக்கின்றனர். இது போன்ற செயற்திட்டங்களின் மூலம் ரோட்டராக்டர்கள் அவர்களது தலைமைத்துவ, தொடர்பாடல் மற்றும் தொழில்முறை திறன்களை வளர்த்துக் கொள்கின்றனர். 31 வது ரோட்டராக்ட் மாவட்ட பேரவை அவர்களின் முயற்சிகளைப் பாராட்டவும், எதிர்காலத்தில் இதுபோன்ற திட்டங்களை ஊக்குவிக்கவும் தவறவில்லை. இப்போது ‘Emerging Initiative of the Year 2020/21’ என்ற அளவுகோலின் கீழ் விருது பெற்ற செயற்றிட்டங்களைப் பார்ப்போம்

Gold- SISU SAVIYA (Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University)

Sisu Saviya is a project which was implemented by the Rotaract club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (RAC KDU) had the aim of uplifting the education levels of school children. They selected Kudalunaka Vidyalaya, Yalwela, Mahiyanganaya and executed the project in three phases.

Firstly, the existing computer laboratory was renovated with the intention of creating an appropriate learning environment for the IT students since the basic knowledge of IT is essential in the modern world and IT plays a main role in all the sectors. The second phase included the donation of prefect badges which would encourage and motivate the students of Kudalunaka Vidyalaya to take lead and become accountable future leaders. Few fun-filled group activities were also organized to enhance the leadership skills of the newly appointed prefects. Furthermore, a workshop was conducted on the importance of higher education in order to make them aware of the positive effects of higher education.

Finally, RAC KDU introduced the game of chess to the students since chess deepens focus, exercises the brain, enhances creativity and increases problem-solving skills. The third phase also included the donation of sports equipment with the aim of bringing the unrecognized talents to the light.

Click here to find out more about this award winning initiative.

Silver – Next Step 360 (RAC University of Peradeniya)

NextStep 360 is a signature project organized by the Rotaract Club of University of Peradeniya, which was first initiated in 2006 with the main aim of providing guidance to the undergraduates towards a successful career by enhancing their knowledge, skills, attributes and providing them with the necessary information to choose the appropriate career path. This will be accomplished through a single course that will primarily focus on the three professional paths available to a recently graduated student: Job Seeker, Academics, and Entrepreneur.

  • Beginner Level consists of some interactive sessions which enhance professional skills such as writing, communication, presentation, information technology and personal financial management.
  • Intermediate Level provided the necessary guidance to choose the desired field along with the insights to form the professionals in the particular field.
  • Advanced Level provided further insights on personal branding, how to face interviews for the job seeker, whereas the entrepreneurship avenue will provide the essential background to start a small business while Academic avenue will enable you to successfully write research articles and improve your research methodology.

Click here to find out more about this award winning initiative.

Bronze – ECHO FOR ECO 2.0 (RAC Colombo Uptown and RAC Colombo West)

Echo for Eco is an initiative and aspiration of Rotaract Club of Colombo Uptown, Rotaract Club of Colombo West, and the Interact Club of St. Peter’s College to address the issue of global warming due to the burning of fossil fuels which causes the greenhouse effect in earth’s atmosphere for the second consecutive year. The project took place in two phases.

Phase 1 – Echo Quiz
Echo quiz consisted of two rounds; the first round took place on Quizizz, while the second round took place as a traditional verbal quiz on Zoom. Furthermore, questions were based on the Sustainable Development Goals to facilitate awareness of the sustainable development goals relating to environmental protection and conservation.

Phase 2 – Coral Restoration at the Seenigama Coral Reef
The second phase of the project was restoring corals at the Seenigama coral reef, which has historically depleted due to coral mining activities. The clubs partnered with “Dive for Good” for this part of the initiative, which provided the required technical expertise. Moreover, representatives from the clubs witnessed the coral restoration process by snorkelling in the reef. Coral restoration included the growth of corals in land-based or ocean nurseries for restoration, degraded reefs, and transplant corals to substrate stabilization structures after ship groundings or dynamite fishing.

Thank you to all our fellow clubs and fellow Rotaractors for providing us with the details. Stay tuned for the third article of this novel series!

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