American Corner is the joint project of US embassy and Jaffna Social Action Center. It is a youth resource center which provide free internet WiFi, watch American movies,US Universities preparations, books & resources , games & activities and many more for youngsters. American Corner provides opportunities for youngsters to develop their English knowledge and also leadership skills.They believe that by breaking the language barrier reconciliation is possible. By educating English they wish to establish a strong relationship with America.They conduct monthly thematic programs according to Washington calendar.They conduct workshops, discussions, seminars, film screening and forums.
The coordinator of American Corner is Mr. Danni Dishon. He joined American Corner in January 2016. He conducts programs according to Washington thematic calendar and manages it. He monitors the courses conducted in American Corner and he handle the youth forum.He summons the meetings of youth forum and guide them in proper way. He researches about new ideas and propose it to US embassy to organize new programs.He shared his experience about working in American Corner with us. "Before, I worked in a different sector, so I learnt so many things. By working as a coordinator, I learnt about reporting,organizing and monitoring". He was so worried as this youth resource center is not used effectively by people to develop themselves.
The Youth Forum is a part of American Corner. It is a group of active members from different fields. These people help the American corner to plan and execute programs. They meet once a month and decide the projects for every month. They are going to release a newsletter to show the output of courses and the state American Corner for past 3 months. They have fun activities and programs within themselves too. They are planning to have an exchange programs with Youth Forum, kandy to break the cultural and language barrier and for reconciliation. Some members shared their experiences as a part of youth forum. "It is easy for us to develop our leadership skills, managing skills, coordinating abilities and friendly nature by working together in planning and executing programs. we could able to notice the improvements in ourselves after jointing Youth Forum.You can also improve yourselves by engaging in the Youth Forum"
American corner is conducting a 3 month English Enrichment course for mainly school leavers and workers. The objective of American corner is to educate people with English knowledge to break the language barrier and to build a strong relationship between ethnicities. The resource person is Mr.Harry Gnanarajan, Vice Principal, St.John's college.
American corner conducts Basic Coding classes for the youngsters. The world is developing in the information technology sector. To compete with this world they give an opportunity to learn these computer language freely. The resource persons are Ms.sopitha, working in computer center of university of jaffna and Ms.Janani, lecturer at Engineering faculty.
The students working serioulsy on HTML to design their own wesites during the Basic coding class for an assignment.
American corner conducts various programs according to the thematic calendar of Washington.The most recent was they supported 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence .They ran a social media campaign and conducted an awareness program on December 8th.School leavers and University students participated in that event.
Many laptops, i pads, tablets, mac books are in American corner, they wish the people should get advantage of it. Many users visit American corner to use the resources. Anyone can access the free WiFi of American corner. Many children,youngsters and also old people visit American corner to access these. They want to sort out the problem due to lack of resources in Jaffna by giving free access to technological equipment.