Computer Centre Blog

MCCC Certificate Ceremony

Posted on by Tharindu

MCCC Certificate CeremonyCongratulations to all the students who passed the Microsoft Office Certificate Course this autumn.

The students from Community Classes LIX and LX were all post A-level students who studied the three month course while waiting for their results, which were due December.

SRI Director, Jonathan Back, helped to hand out certificates to students who were able to attend the awards ceremony.


Posted on by Tharindu

MCCC IT CampThis November we held an IT camp for students about to sit their computer O-level the following month.

About 100 students from the area participated in the one-day intensive teach-in, which was run by their teachers and the MCCC’s training staff.

We broke the day up with morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, all of which was made by possible by HSBC’s funding of the centre.


HSBC Employment Skills

Posted on by Jackie

DSC_9107The NGO’s flagship project received a big boost this September thanks to HSBC, which is sponsoring it for one year.

The bank’s donation covers all the salaries and running costs of the Mahasenpura Community Computer Centre, plus its outreach work.

The centre is located in Mahasenpura School, but is open seven days a week and caters to a wide range of students of all ages.

Many are O-level and A-level leavers who come to the centre for three months while they are waiting for their exam results. They use this time to boost their IT skills by studying for the Microsoft Office Certificate Course.

HSBC’s funding also includes a budget to fix computers at other schools and undertake a number of one-off events and programmes including an employment skills seminar, a field visit to Colombo and a two-day IT camp for O-level students.

2014 PowerPoint competition

Posted on by Tharindu

Mahasenpura SchoolThis year we had 198 entries for the annual PowerPoint competition we run in conjunction with the Department of Education.

We were very pleased to see a big increase on last year’s 46 entries.

The winner was Nimesh Deshan from Debarawewa President’s Primary College, one of the largest schools in the area.

Nimesh’s theme was the classification of animals.

We liked it a lot because he had created his own animations and arranged his information in a logical and informative way.

Second place went to Inusha Damruwan from our own Mahasenpura School.

She chose a science theme – pressure.

Third place went to Nuwanthika Madhubashini from Viddyartha School who created a teaching tool covering the use of nouns.

Diploma students graduation

Posted on by Tharindu

A batch of five students graduated with their diplomas in late November after studying for a one-year free course at the Mahasenpura Community Computer Centre.

Diploma student

Pictured left are myself, Thushari, Nuwan and AA Jayanath who works at a local insurance firm.

One of the diploma graduates hopes to use his new knowledge to gain a promotion at the local salt factory where he is a machine operator.

He is now applying for a job as a test officer.

Another plans to open a small hotel with her husband.

The course had four modules covering MS Word, programming, hardware and graphic design.