Lance Berkman Learning Center (LBLC)
Construction of the LBLC began in September 2009, a generous donation from Lance and Cara Berkman. The two-year construction phase was conducted using local, skilled local laborers and contributed greatly to the local economy. The building was designed to have a computer lab, library and classrooms for various levels of English as a Second Language(ESL) classes. The ESL program is part of a collaborative effort with the British Council in Sri Lanka, which provides CEI with the curriculum and trained instructors to conduct the classes. There is also an emergency room facility located at the LBLC to care for the children in the event of a medical emergency with trained staff.
The classrooms in the LBLC facilitate three to four, depending on the age group, supplementary classes in the areas of Science, Mathematics, Sinhala (the local language), Arts and Social studies. Each day 40-60 students attend the classes in the LBLC. Afternoon classes begin at 2.30 PM and last until 5.00 PM. There are also classes held on Saturday. The Saturday class schedule begins at 9.00 AM, with classes ending at 4.00 PM. Computer classes are held everyday in the computer lab. Students attend 9 hours of computer classes per week.