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Neighbourhood Schools Development Project


Improving the overall infrastructure and educational facilities and skills of students of disadvantaged government schools located in Colombo. The aim of this initiative is to create an environment more conducive for learning and enhance the quality of education of disadvantaged Government schools.


Target Group:

The Foundation originally commenced with 5 state schools, but now supports 8 schools in Colombo catering to a mixed student population representing all communities and religions.

Name of SchoolAverage Population
GenderGrade Span
Al Iqbal Muslim Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 02MuslimGirls onlyGrades 1- 11
Holy Rosary Sinhala Vidyalaya, Colombo 02SinhalaMixedGrades 1 - 11
Holy Rosary Tamil Vidyalaya, Colombo 02TamilMixedGrades 1 - 11
Siri Sariputta Maha Vidyalaya, Colombo 02SinhalaMixedGrades 1 - 11
T.B.Jayah Maha Vidyalaya, Colombo 02MuslimBoys onlyGrades 1 - 11
Modara Sri Medhananda Vidyalaya, Colombo 15MixedMixedGrades 1 - 11
Colombo Central Hindu College, Colombo 13Hindu TamilMixedGrades 1 - 11
Al Hikma College, Colombo 12MuslimMixedGrades 1 - 11

The project which is implemented with the support of the CSR teams of Cinnamon Grand and Cinnamon Lakeside has impacted hundreds of students over the years via the following initiatives:

  • Infrastructure and facility development – including construction, renovation and maintenance of water and sanitation, science/home science/computer labs, provision of school furniture, fittings and computer equipment, etc.
  • Skills development – English language and IT skills; revision workshops for students preparing for Grade 5 Scholarship Examination and G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination.
  • Career Guidance & Vocational Training - for Ordinary Level students awaiting results and school leavers. Eligible students of the 8 schools are also included in the English for Teens Scholarship Programme.
  • Career Guidance & Vocational Training Programme

The Foundation conducts an annual Career Guidance Programme open to students of all eight schools who have completed their Ordinary Level Examination. The programme comprises of workshops on personal effectiveness and basic career guidance followed by business specific presentations relating to Hospitality, Retail, Property and Logistics Sectors including career opportunities and entry level requirements in the respective Sectors of the Group.


After the release of Ordinary Level Examination results, those students who do not qualify for Advanced Level studies are given an opportunity to apply for a six-month Vocational Training at Group businesses including Hospitality, Retail, Property and Logistics Sectors.


In 2015/16 , the previous batch of vocational trainees (students who sat for the Ordinary Level Examination in 2014) successfully completed their six-month training at the respective business units – namely, Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo and Keells Super supermarkets. Out of the fifteen (15) students originally selected, five (5) did not record the minimum attendance, leaving 10 trainees successfully completed the programme and were awarded certificates. Along with the training provided for the trainees, it is encouraging to see many diligent trainees being recruited into the cadre in the past and given additional business specific training both internally and externally




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