DFCC Bank signed an agree- ment with Gateway Language Centre to conduct the ‘Samata English’ classes for the third consecutive year in the cities of Jaffna, Ampara, Rathnapura and Polonnaruwa. Conceptualized to enhance spoken English skills DFCC Bank’s ‘Samata English’ enters third year amongst students poised to enter the workforce, the program aims to enhance employment opportunities and instill confidence amongst youth.
As the program enters the third year, Lakshman Silva, CEO, DFCC Bank said, “It gives us immense pride and joy to see that our CSR initiative is fulfilling a long-felt gap where youth from economically underprivileged communities entering the workforce lacked the required spoken English skills. Thus, the course is designed to develop spoken English skills, boost the confidence of youth and im- prove their access to more op- portunities on the account of better spoken English skills. Education is a critical compo- nent of our CSR strategy and the Bank is committed to foster a value and knowledge-based culture in the nation.”
The students sit for an initial assessment prior to starting the three-month course. The final assessment is con- ducted by Gateway Language Centre and a CALSDA Certifica- tion is awarded to students who have completed the course. DFCC Bank recognizes the students scoring the highest marks for an intensive intern- ship at the DFCC Bank. Selected students from Jaffna, Ampara, Ratnapura and Polonnaruwa will avail of this opportunity in 2019.