Champions of Soft Skills+ 2019
Helping school children acquire valuable soft skills, the SLIIT Business School held ‘Soft Skills+ 2019’ for the seventh consecutive year at the SLIIT Malabe Campus. The objective of organising an event of this manner is to uplift the soft skills of school children and cultivate essential skills such as teamwork, 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 from 27 February to 8 March and were held in several major cities island-wide, including Malabe, Jaffna, Matara, Kurunegala, Bandarawela, Kandy and Ratnapura.
Soft Skills+ 2019 welcoming ceremony at SLIIT Malabe Campus
Ananda College, Colombo emerged the champions, while Kattankudy Central College, Batticaloa was adjudged the first runner-up and Mahajana College, Jaffna was placed second runner-up. Attractive awards and prizes were presented to the winning schools.
These winners were selected for the final round from amongst 45 teams consisting of 39 schools. Participating faced-off in two qualifying rounds showcasing their knowledge, answering questions on international trade and general economics.
Ensuring the program 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 maximise their development, providing them guidance and the confidence necessary for success.
Explaining the importance in spearheading this program, SLIIT Business School Dean Prof. Samantha Thelijjagoda said: “While many students are focused on gaining expertise in their chosen field, they need guidance to enhance their soft skills, which are critical in the workplace. The ‘Soft Skills+ 2019’program provides participating students with the ideal platform to sharpen their soft skills and boost their personality development.”