During the period: 1990 to 1993, the late Rev. Fr. Carmine Iannaccone, S.J. founded a Boys’ Town on 13 acres of property located in the Pasbage Korale in the Central Province of Sri Lanka to educate and form the youth of poor and needy families from the rural and plantation sectors of Sri Lanka. Hostel accommodation with facilities such as water, electricity and playgrounds were made available for them. In dialogue with the parents/guardians, programs in guidance and counseling were initiated. Buildings were gradually erected and equipment was installed to give the students training in the technical field. A part of this 13 acre property was planted with tea, spice and fruit trees. Another part of the land was made into a habitat for animals large and small.
In 1994, Cholankande Boys’ Town of the late Fr. Carmine Iannaccone, S.J. was formally recognized as a Jesuit Technical School. Today, Cholankande Youth Training Centre- CYTC is an institute fully recognized by the Tertiary Vocational and Educational Commission (TVEC, Reg. No. P09/0016) and City & Guilds London, U.K.
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The goal of the Centre is to direct the trainees towards a holistic development while imparting technical training. With this aim in mind the administration, in the process of training seeks to motivate the trainees to make maximum use of the opportunities available in the Centre, such as to train themselves to assume leadership; work in the field; to cultivate a deep respect and appreciation for the environment and to protect it; to re-orient their relationships with God, with other humans and with the natural world, to promote unity in diversity. Our students are constantly challenged through talks and practical work to assume greater responsibility to live in peace and harmony with one another and the rest of creation. The trainees are expected to be products of excellence and not of mediocrity. They are challenged to be true to the motto of the Centre -AB IMO AD ASTRA- from the depths to the stars.Over the years youth from various parts of the country have followed successfully the programs offered by the Centre and have found very lucrative jobs here and abroad. Their life stories are a genuine testimony to the excellent formation they received at CYTC. A few have opened their own professional establishments according to their qualifications in their native places. Their life stories are a genuine proof of the education they received from the CYTC.
Vocational Training and Skills Development have a great relevance in Sri Lanka. In its rapid march towards economic and social development, the country is in need of a skilled work force. The Government is making large scale investments towards vocational training and skills development thus charting a job-oriented pathway for the youth who are unable to enter universities to obtain academic degrees.
Tertiary Vocational and Educational Commission (TVEC) of the Government is for sustaining and developing the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) system. The aim of the NVQ system is to form students with the necessary skills and attitudes required of them when they are employed in Sri Lanka or abroad. The system has seven levels.
The year 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Cholankande Youth Training Centre –CYTC. The 25th Anniversary is an opportune moment first and foremost to thank Almighty God for continuing to bless CYTC and its programs; to remember with deep appreciation the generous benefactors, local and foreign, to recollect with love, the present and past students and their parents /guardians, and to remember the present and past members of the Staff with gratitude.
In particular we gratefully remember Most Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of Kandy for his guidance and interest shown, the Sri Lanka Province of the Society of Jesus for sending Jesuits to work in the Centre, also to remember Rev. Fr. Guiseppe Yasso, of Mercogliano, Italy, the late Mr. Fausto Sangiorgi, Gruppo India , MAGIS, Fonte Di Speranza Onlus, Associazione La Tua Mano Per La Pace of Italy, Mr. Jos Busscher of Rainbow Foundation in the Netherlands, the Episcopal Conference of Italy, the Embassies of Norway, Britain and Canada, local benefactors, well-wishers and Religious leaders of the area for being with us in their generosity and support.
May God, who is never outdone in His generosity, bless us all!
Address : Udahentenne, Gampola 20506, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 544 920 641