With the basic objectives of reawakening the Tourism industry of this country that suffered a massive breakdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic that spread throughout Sri Lanka and the world unexpectedly and edifying youth about facing such problems in the future, the Management and & Science University (MSU)students who are following the Hospitality & Tourism Management Degree Programme of the Management and Science Institute (MSI) have taken steps to launch a new project. With the theme ‘Empowering youth to face every kind of Problem Centering on Tourism’, the first programme of the project was held for G.C.E. (Advanced Level) students of the Nattandiya /Katuneriya St. Sebastian Central College, the school selected by the Institute. This special training programme was held at the auditorium of the Avenra Gangaara Hotel Complex, Wennappuwa on 26th March and the Nattandiya Divisional Director of Education Jude Fernando and the Principal of the Katuneriya St. Sebastian Central College Rev. Father Viraj Fernando and Sam Peiris The Director of MSI participated as chief invitees.
The fundamental concept of this training programme held under the direction of Sam Pieris of the MSI, the guidance and leadership of Lecturer Suranga Thennekoon and the supervision of the management of the Management & Science Institute was edifying Youth on the future of the Tourism Industry.
In holding such programmes, they expect to generate interest in being employed in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Youth and giving them a better understanding of securing such Employment opportunities. This training programme comprised two main sessions and in the first session, the attention of the participating students was directed to basic theories of Hospitality and Tourism industry and professional skills. In the second session, the participating students were given an opportunity to experience the practical aspects of the Hospitality and Tourism industry. Furthermore, steps had been taken to uplift quality education on objectives of sustainable development.
At the end of this training programme that was held adhering to Covid-19 health guidelines, the students of MSI participated in a Tree planting programme in the Anawilundawa RAMSAR Wetland in partnering with the United Nations Sustainable Goals. The Principal of the Katuneriya St. Sebastian Central College Rev. Father Viraj Fernando, a teacher at that College Rukshan Hettiarachchi and several high officials of the MSI addressed the ceremonial gathering.
By Sunil Fernandopulle
- Wennappuwa Special Corr.