Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball/Softball Association (SLABSA) joined hands with Horizon Campus, along with Healthcare partner; Ninewells Hospital to improve the game of baseball in Sri Lanka.
Although it is not as widely acclaimed as cricket, rugby or other sports in the Island, Baseball is rapidly gaining popularity. Currently Sri Lanka is ranked 40th in the world out of the registered 120 nations, and are ranked 7th in Asia out of 26 countries.
The National Men’s team has improved its prowess by winning the West Asia Cup in 2017, and bagging a Bronze Medal at the Asia Baseball Cup held in Indonesia in 2015. The Sri Lanka Baseball team took part in the 2018 Asia Games and performed reasonably well registering its first win in the tournament.
In addition, the U18 National team is ranked 5th in Asia. This goes to show that Sri Lankan players have the ability and the potential to shine on the field.
Baseball was introduced to Sri Lanka in 1985 by the American Embassy to two schools and two clubs, with the very first game played in the same year. It has been an amateur sport in Sri Lanka since its inception. Colombo, Kandy and Galle, the three main districts have embraced the game, and have formed what is popularly known as the Baseball Triangle.
In addition, Baseball has caught on in Kurunegala, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Currently it is being played at the University level and has gained enough stature to be included in the University Games.
SLABSA is striving to achieve an ambitious goal of broadening its reach island wide, to cover all 9 provinces, 25 districts and 98 educational zones by the year 2025.
Reputed educational institution ‘Horizon Campus’ has partnered with SLABSA to take the game to the grassroots level, where they believe the hidden talent lies. Sri Lanka’s baseball players come from all corners of the island since the game is similar to Elle and Cricket, which is by far the most popular sport in the country.
Speaking about the ambition for the future, Fazil Hussain the President of SLABSA said;
“We believe that Sri Lanka has the potential to be a super power in the future,” he went onto say that SLABSA is privileged to have the former Army Commander, General Daya Rathnayake to Head the Development Committee.
“We are certain with his knowledge and energy, baseball will be a sport to be reckoned with,” he added.
Looking to the future, Hussain said, “We are confident that baseball will be one of the top 5 sports in the island, and baseball players will be able to get scholarships to play in the American Professional League in the near future.”
The SLABSA will be conducting their first development program in Jaffna, and then will move to Kilinochchi during the 1st week of October. To date Sri Lanka has 30 clubs playing in the National League, and 28 Schools taking part in the schools’ tournament.
SLABSA is privileged to have two Japanese volunteer coaches based in Sri Lanka along with baseball grounds at Diyagama where tournaments will be conducted. Currently the SLABSA is working with the Sports Ministry to develop the Diyagama Stadium into state of the art venue.
Commenting on the involvement of Horizon Campus with Baseball, Nilantha Rathnayake – Group Marketing Director said;
“We are proud to be part of this project to develop baseball in Sri Lanka. We are already making our mark in the region and I believe that this sport will benefit the youth across Sri Lanka.”
hSenid Mobile Solutions concluded TADHack Sri Lanka 2018, the biggest Telco Application Development Hackathon in the world.
The event was held at the #DialogAxiata Auditorium in Colombo on 13th-14th October 2018.
TADHack Sri Lanka 2018 was a great success with young developers showcasing their innovative and brilliant ideas using with the latest technologies using hSenid Mobile APIs.
A group of students completing BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology conducted by Faculty of Science, Horizon Campus in collaboration with Nilai University, Malaysia, conducted a research on “The Diversity of Plants” at the Kanneliya Forest Reserve. It is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country. The research was conducted by Ashan Karunananda, Ravindu Annjana and Chathura Priyadarshana under the supervision of Senior Lecturer Mr.Medhisha Gunawardena and the support of Mr.Eranda Mandawala (Senior Lecturer) and Dr. Lekha Wanasekara (Dean – Faculty of Science). An abstract was selected to be published at the Research Symposium on Wet Zone Forests organized by the Forest Department.
It was successfully presented by Ashan Karunananda (President – Nature Beyond Horizon) on the 20th of October 2018 at BMICH. Well known researchers from overseas and Sri Lanka including Emeritus Professors graced this very productive symposium. It was a proud moment for the Campus, as the Horizon research team got highly commended for their hardwork.
The Hiker represents the act of moving forward while overcoming obstacles.
The Earth is placed to convey the aim of protecting our planet by means of environment conservation.
Blue line around the earth depicts its atmosphere – protecting the earth as a shelter. Blue also represents the Campus.
The Sun depicts the provision of energy and shows that our activities will be conducted with much enthusiasm.
The Eagle is a bird of prey with sharp eyesight and aim. It represents the society’s focused vision and aims.
The Leopard is a threatened species in Sri Lanka, suggesting wildlife conservation. Leopards also symbolize physical strength suggesting the firmness of the society.
Green Color depicts Nature, safety and the Environment.
Red Color symbolizes strength and power, and also represents the Campus.
Horizon Campus takes the lead in early childhood education- one of the fastest growing industry sectors
Horizon Campus having recently launched an early childhood education program that is designed in response to the increasing need for certified early childhood educators, outlined the future predictions for the industry and the many career prospects that were available in the market.
The spokesperson from Horizon Campus stated that an encouraging market for early childhood educators prevailed at present. He said that both national and international shortages in the early childhood sector have been prevalent for years and looked set to continue. Today, with a renewed focus on the importance and benefits of a strong pre-school education, and with the recognition that early childhood educators can make a difference in the lifelong learning experiences of their students, the field of early childhood education was growing at a relatively stable rate for the first time in several decades, thereby making the outlook and prospects even better for the next generation of teachers.
He further explained that therefore, today’s aspiring early childhood educators had a robust career field ahead of them, with a wave of new jobs and opportunities to advance and grow professionally within individual employment settings across the sector.
Those who successfully obtain their undergraduate degree in early childhood education had several career options open to them, with great employment prospects that include a good balance of both public teaching positions and private institutions and even overseas . This means that an investment made in training and education in this field will be rewarded with plenty of career opportunities, as there is virtually zero unemployment in this field, which is not expected to change any time soon.
The normal career path in early childhood education will generally follow an upward path of promotions. One can start by working in a preschool and then move on to designing curriculum or working for private education companies that will need the guidance of teachers to develop learning tools and products aimed at young learners and can even eventually move to a policy or management position in education.
He added that Horizon Campus’s Early Childhood Education Degree, keeping in line with industry requirements, covered a comprehensive curriculum that gives a foundation in specialty training in childhood development, literacy, diversity, behavior, and more. Through the coursework, participants will learn how to establish expectations, develop teaching plans, work with developmental needs, partner with parents, and set their students on the path to a life full of success. The aim he said was to enable their certification students to become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and intellectual and ethical leaders.
He concluded by saying that by gaining the right qualifications and with plenty of concentrations and many career avenues to pursue, early childhood education today is slated as a really great choice for those who relate well with children and have a passion for teaching and has become a career for life, with opportunities for progression into leadership positions in the field of education.
Interested parties can obtain further information by visiting www.horizoncampus.edu.lk or by contact 0716 623 623, 0713 519 999 , 0114 365 555 or visit Horizon Campus at Malabe.