The first English Language Course – 2014 for officers serving in Jaffna ended on Thursday (11) with award of certificates in Multi Facility Complex auditorium at Headquarters Security Force Jaffna. Thirty one commissioned officers representing all military formations in Jaffna received credentials of language proficiency in a grand ceremony.
Student officers conducted the whole programme consisted of an End of Course Concert and the award ceremony. They displayed their talents and language skills acquired from the course during the concert which included varieties of entertainment with Shakespearean drama.
Officers with excellent performance received their certificates and awards from Major General Nandana Udawatta, Maser General Ordnance at Army Headquarters, Chief Guest of the event. Manager British Council Jaffna Ms Manda Brown and Commander Security Force Major General Udaya Perera also gave away certificates. Arrangements were made by the Headquarters Security Force (Jaffna) for parents and family members of officers of the course to witness the event.
The English course was a part of academic and military training programme organized by the Headquarters Security Force Jaffna on the concept of transforming the SF (J) to a learning organization. Chief Guest impressed with the presentation of student officers thanked Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera for his initiative to make his officers competent in effective communication. Using instructors from Jaffna education field to conduct the language teaching was praised by the Chief Guest who stated that it would strengthen the relationship between Army and civilians. Mr. Sri Rajkumar Kanapathipillai and Mr. Aravinthan Vadivel assisted Army English instructors to improve the language skill of officers during the period of three months.
Commander SF (J) citing examples from different learning situations highlighted the importance of English as a key to professional development and the enhancement of knowledge.
Member of British Council academic and coordinating staff, Senior officers of Army, Navy and Air Force, Jaffna university students and representatives from education and media sector were also present.