Art Class
An Instructional Design
Company

creating impactful and accessible learning experiences

 

What & How?

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Method

We combine pedagogical knowledge from the learning sciences with the power of human-centered design to create learning experiences that impactful, accessible, and playful. 

Capabilities

Learning Experience (LX) Design 

Capacity Building for Educators 

Action Focused Research

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) 

Domains

Language Learning

Digital literacy

Civic Education

Creativity & Critical Thinking 

Up-skilling and Re-skilling

Our Story 

Many educational products and experiences are designed for learners and environments that are digitally connected and able to pay. That is why our story that began in April 2014 with around 10 volunteers, 30 students, and no monetary support is different.

 

Our mission from day 1 was to create high quality. outcomes-driven learning experiences that were affordable and accessible to every learner irrespective of where they come from. We started in a small run down temple hall in a village called Deraniyagala in Sri Lanka. Absolutely nothing would have convinced us that we would become what we are today. Our idea was simple -we wanted to run a thoughtfully designed and tested English language program for children and adults in Deraniyagala.


Fast forward five years; we run three idea labs, released three learning products impacting over 3000+ learners across the world. 

Values and Mindsets

Intentional Design

Community-Owned

Learner-First

Choice over Charity

2014

Kick off

3000+

Learners Impacted

430+

Classroom 
Sessions 

80+

Teachers 
Trained 

Our Projects

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Accelerator focused on sexual reproductive health, emotional resilience and design-focused change. 

Inspire Lab
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Learning centers where educators and learners experience cutting-edge learning tools and pedagogies.

Idea Labs 
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Three-day hackathon for young changemakers to build a design mindset for local problem-solving.

Ideator
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Connecting with corporates and external organizations to implement effective community projects

CSR Partnership Projects
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A social-emotional learning tool focused on metacognition founded at the Stanford School of Education.

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Bringing education to accessible and digital platforms

E-Learning
 
 

Our Team

Our team is the essence of what we stand for; both in terms of our values and our design process. We bring together diverse experiences in domains such as instructional design, ed-tech, psychology, management and storytelling to create learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of learners and educators across the world. 

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Sakie Ariyawansa

Co-Founder

Director-Partnerships 

Kavindya Thennakoon

Co-Founder

Director-Strategy

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Kalani Bandara

Theja Jayasinghe

Manager - Projects 

Head of Operations

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Chandula Fernando

Project Manager 

Idea Labs - Maradana

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Deepika Vithanage

Community Manager
Idea Labs - Deraniyagala

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Thadini Liyanage

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Osuri Embulgamage

Project Coordinator 

Idea Labs - Maradhana

Project Manager

Idea Labs - Liberia

Reimagine with Us

Dinusha 

Dinusha - Idea Lab Trainee
2017 Cohort 

"When I first joined the Inspire Lab I was just an ordinary school girl. I am definitely not the same Dinusha that joined the Inspire Lab earlier this year. Today I've gained the skills to understand my potential, to overcome my weaknesses and to become a determined young woman. I don't think I will be able to get the skills, learning and exposure I got at the Inspire Lab from anywhere else. More than anything else I found a community of great teachers and a close circle of friends at the Lab. My mother has gone through a lot in life and she actually came for all the sessions from Day 1 because even she was learning so many new things. 
 

Sachinda Dulanjana

Motivational Speaker & Leadership Trainer, Former Speaker of Sri Lanka Youth Parliament, Former Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the UN

 

 

"I thoroughly believe, the only possible way to change a particular community is, empowering its children to achieve their beautiful dreams. And that’s what exactly 'Without Borders' is all about. I deem it a privilege working with the team in the capacity of a leadership & soft skills trainer."

Lahiruni

Marketing Lead 
Volunteer Teacher

 

 

 

 

"I've always wanted to make a   change in our country and I've heard amazing stories about what WBSL 

does.
Unlike other organizations that run 

within a system and put you in a box 

with very little possibilities, 

at Without Borders you can take up 

tasks, ideate and do what's supposed  to be done in the best way 

you seem fit.

You make a lot of like-minded friends and fit into a community of very accepting, beautiful people. 

I think I've learnt that a simple act of 

selflessness takes you a long way in life"

 
 

Contact Us       

Hi there!

We'd love to hear from you! We're always in the process of expanding our team, bringing in new partners and ideas - so do get in touch. 

Head Office

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Without Borders
C3, Warakathenna

Dehiowita,

Sri Lanka

 

Email us : withoutborders95@gmail.com

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