Rotaract Club of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo
Rotaract is a global youth movement sponsored by Rotary to empower youth to lead positive change in communities. The movement is led by proactive and dynamic young men and women between the age of 18 – 30 years. Rotaract was introduced to Sri Lanka in the year 1969 and has evolved since then as a youth led platform nurturing fellowship and leadership for social innovation in the country. Sri Lanka & Maldives fall under Rotary International District 3220 which has 60+ State University, Higher Education Institute, Community & Corporate based Rotaract clubs in both Sri Lanka & Maldives where the programs are being initiated and conducted with the support of more than 4000 youth volunteers known as Rotaractors, who are also young professionals, entrepreneurs & high education students representing 70 Rotaract clubs from several regions in Sri Lanka. Rotaract is an unmatchable catalyst in promoting peace and harmony, co-existence and tolerance, personal development and professional ethics.
The Rotaract Club of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo has witnessed 16 years of fruitful service since it was established in 2004. As Rotaractors of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, we have tasked upon ourselves the duty to volunteer and make a stand for matters and concerns we are passionate about; as both Rotaractors as well as science undergraduates of the university. We commit to serve the community outside the university as well as within it. Our key focus areas are quality, innovative learning for underprivileged students and professional development of undergraduates with the use of resources which are unique to us. Bearing these in mind, we will continue to volunteer, make a stand and serve the community in our movement which strives towards the betterment of the community as well as betterment within ourselves.
Rotaractors of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo will be doing around 30 projects in a Rotaract year. They will be covering the basic aspects in quality education, health and well-being, infrastructure development, environmental and climatic changes and peace and reconciliation over the projects they carry out. The ulterior goal of RACFOSUOC is to do more sustainable change in the society as they do in their signature projects ‘Akhankara’, ‘Sevana’, ‘Future Challenge’ and ‘Danindri’.
“Akhankara ” is the signature community service project of the club conducted for the 7th consecutive year, and is focused on providing educational, infrastructural and motivational strength to under-developed schools, standing true to its meaning, ‘Aspirations’. The project is carried out in three phases, spanning through a period of nine months.
Phase I: of the project was successfully conducted in Illukkovita Vidyalaya, Avissawella and was primarily an O/L seminar workshop series but going beyond that at times. The seminar series was conducted on the subjects of Mathematics, Science and English through 11 consecutive weekends for O/L students.
Phase II: Donation of essential equipment (stationery, racks and paint) to develop infrastructure of Child Care Centre and Montessori, ensuring a wholesome education and pleasant atmosphere for the children.
Phase III: An underprivileged, rural school was selected as the location to develop the infrastructure facilities available to the students receiving education from the school. Renovating/ Refurbishing buildings and school equipment was mainly done in the project. The main objective of this session was to provide the students an insight to the outside world; one beyond their village. The power of education and various opportunities that awaited them in their future were focused during the discussion
‘Sevana’ Special School and Child Care Centre, located in Ethul Kotte is a place for children with special needs. Through the Project ‘Sevana’ which was organized by the club for the 6th consecutive time, we decided to be their support to escape from the walls and wheelchairs they are confined to and enjoy a day out. In choosing a destination where children can come in contact with water for a considerable time we intended to help them in improving their health since it assists in decreasing muscle spasticity and also allows more efficient lung functioning which are common problems associated with the lack of movement in physically disabled children. Another main intention of the project was to raise public awareness on differently-abled children which is not given proper attention in most of the South Asian Countries including ours causing them to become isolated from rest of the society.
Future Challenge is the signature Professional Development project of the club which involves a series of activities, held with the prime objective of merging the local academic arena with the corporate world. Future challenge was successfully organized under the guidance of the Career Guidance Unit of Faculty of Science. It was conducted in two phases as follows;
Phase I – Werkstatt, a workshop with a series of interactive sessions conducted by few renowned individuals of the corporate sector.
Phase II- The Career Fair Day
“Danindri‟ was initiated with the aim of raising awareness on the importance and need for organ donation in Sri Lanka, as its current situation requires a change. Through “Danindri‟ it is intended to address the issues of lack of awareness and persistent misconceptions regarding the matter. The main focus is to give the public accurate information while dismissing myths and misconceptions in the society regarding organ donation. To ensure the standard and quality maintenance of this endeavor, we have partnered with the Organ Transplant Unit of the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital; the premier institution in organ transplant in the country at the moment. In order to ensure the message reaching every Sri Lankan irrespective of culture and creed, the posts carry their messages in all three languages; Sinhala, Tamil and English. The project is currently under progress in social media platforms, mainly Facebook, through a series of influential videos and informative posts being published and shared on an official community based page created solely for this purpose.
A musical extravaganza held in collaboration with the Music Society of the University of Colombo is the main fund raising project in aid of Akhankara. Our main objective was to provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of our fellow undergraduates as well as the rotaractors of our club along with an entertaining evening with the participation of a renowned guest artist.
Future Challenge 2020
“Future Challenge 2020”, the official career fair of the University of Colombo, Faculty of Science, was held for the 15th consecutive year on the 11th and 12th of March at the faculty premises. Organized by the Rotaract Club of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo in collaboration with the Career Guidance Unit, “Future Challenge”- as its name deems is the highlight of every novice graduate and undergraduate stepping into the job market.
In line with the main event, a career development workshop, “WERKSTATT-2020” was conducted with the aim of sharpening the employ-ability skills of the participants. This three-part series workshop focused on 3 essentially crucial topics namely, “CV Creation and LinkedIn Guide” a session conducted by Unilever Sri Lanka, “Career Counseling”- a session on career prospects by Careerme.lk and “Personal Grooming and Corporate Behavior”- a session by Nestle Sri Lanka.
Opening doors to over a dozen corporate giants, “Future Challenge-2020” presented its participants an overwhelming amount of opportunities via a wide range of fields of interest.
Weblink of social media pages of the club are as follows;
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rotaract.uoc.science/
Instagram – https://instagram.com/racfosuoc?igshid=s4wwdtw1hjad
Blog – https://uocfosrotaract.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/uocfos_rotaract?s=08