Helping school children acquire valuable soft skills the SLIIT Business School held ‘Soft Skills + 2019’ for the 07th consecutive year at SLIIT Malabe Campus. The objective of organizing an event of this manner is to uplift the soft skills of school children and cultivate essential skills such as team work, problem solving, leadership skills and creative thinking. A total of 850 students from 112 schools island - wide participated in the preliminary rounds. These events took place between 27th February to 8th March 2019, and were held in several major cities island - wide including Malabe, Jaffna, Matara, Kurunegala, Bandarawela, Kandy and Rathnapura.
Ananda College, Colombo emerged the champions, while Kattankudy Central College, Batticaloa was adjudged the 1st runner- up and Mahajana College, Jaffna was placed the 2nd runner-up. Attractive awards and prizes were presented to the winning schools. These winners were selected for the final round from amongst forty five teams consisting of thirty nine schools. Students participating faced-off in two qualifying rounds showcasing their knowledge answering questions on international trade and general economics.
Ensuring the programme was unique and stimulating for all those participating, SLIIT engineered the preliminary rounds into two segments; a quiz competition with questions on brands, Sri Lankan businesses and global commerce was designed to enhance their knowledge and generate interest in these topics. Teams who scored the highest marks were selected for the final round. Additionally, a soft skills workshop on emotional intelligence was held for these students helping them to maximize their development providing them guidance and confidence necessary to transform into successful students.
Explaining the importance in spearheading this programme, Prof. Samantha Thelijjagoda, Dean, SLIIT Business School, said, “While many students are focused on developing expertise in their chosen field they need guidance to enhance their soft skills which are critical in the workplace. The ‘Soft Skills+ 2019’ programme provides participating students with the ideal platform to sharpen their soft skills and boost their personality development.”