SLFI is proud to launch the very first Certificate program on Mindfulness in Sri Lanka. This pioneering course will lay a strong foundation on the practice of the techniques of Mindfulness and their relationship to modern scientific theory. The course will empower the participants to have a more fulfilling life. It will also be an added qualification to be a Counselling Professional.
Mindfulnessas a science and practice has been well established in the Western world for well over two decades. The practice of mindfulness is widely used in education, health, sports and by organizations both private and governments to enhance the overall productivity and health related outcomes. There are thousands of research studies conducted globally on the effectiveness of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. As we become more aware of our thoughts and emotions in the moment they arise, we begin to create the freedom to choose how we respond to difficulty, instead of being driven mindlessly by our conditioning and habits. Over time, this releases us from stress, from our past and from the stuck thinking that inhibits the natural flow of creativity, happiness and gratitude in life.
There’s growing research showing that when we train our brains to be mindful, we begin to re-mold the very physical structure of our brains - to the better!
The four months long Certificate course of Practical MindfulnessTM will cover important new areas such as the problems of un-mindfulness, what is mindfulness, research on mindfulness, techniques for developing mindfulness, mindful stress reduction, managing emotions, cultivating self-compassion and emotional health, improving work and study performance, mindfulness in memory, mindful communication, mindful relationships and empathy, mindfulness and heartfulness and mindfulness as a way of life.
‘Choose Life’ creative collection, the book aimed at increasing public awareness on suicide prevention, a publication of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute was launched on 10th September 2018, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
The book comprises a collection of short stories, poems and prose written in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, selected by a panel of experts, from the responses the SLFI received from all over the island for the choose life Suicide Prevention Awareness Programme organised to mark the world suicide prevention day 2018.
The collection would be an ideal reader for those who yearn for a faint glimmer of light, even in what seems to be the darkest hour.
SLF E Gate is a mega enterprise of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), Thirasara Social and Economic Development Pvt Ltd (TSED), and Regional Development Bank (RDB, committed to empowering the middle and low income workforce of Sri Lanka to improve performances. The project aims to develop Information Technology (IT) application skills of approximately 7500 employees at a time through a highly flexible and advantageous online Education Scheme, which connects establishments and employees scattered in the island in a single learning network that they choose to log-in at their convenience.
The project’s primary goal is to supplement the IT requirement of the country in keeping with the global sustainable development targets.
Three separate National Diploma programmes will be implemented in the first phase of the project targeting public and private sector employees as National Diploma in Information Technology & Public Sector Management and National Diploma in Information Technology & Human Resource Management. Every participant of the programme will receive a valuable leaning pack consisting of a tablet, free internet connection, an instructor, online subject material, an easy payment loan plan and a recognised educational qualification (NVQ/SLQF) at the successful completion of the respective programme.
Benefits of the SLF e Gate
The SLF e Gate will be a new dimension in public and private sector learning, as it accompanies a new learning experience apart from the conventional classroom teaching which takes off a substantial time away from office and private life. Information technology is a very essential tool that directly results in high efficiency irrespective of whether it is product or service sector due to speedy processing and communication capabilities it possesses. Lack of IT infrastructure and investment facilities aggravates the technophobic attitudes of the employees, barring them from accessing to highly important skills and knowledge.
The collaborative effort initiated by the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute aims to span the gap between future and present for the public or private sector employees or any other workforce by equipping them with hardware and software facilities that will give them the apposite skills and knowledge to improve efficiency at their workplaces and in personal life though the training programmes offered online. As the first step SLF e Gate will offer three National Diploma Programmes on Information Technology & Human Resource Management.
Potential participants will be enrolled in TVEC/SLQF approved National Diploma in Information Technology & National Diploma in Human Resource Management for which they will join online using a flexible portable device (convertible laptop) that will be provided to them as a part of the online training programme.
Teaching material, assignments and classroom sessions will be made compulsory to each participant through a tutor who will monitor and assess the participant’s online performances throughout the course. There will be a facilitator institute in every region for the participants to get further guidance. At the end of the course the participants will sit for a final classroom examination. Those who will successfully complete the requirements of all the modules of the course will be awarded a recognised certificate.