Thilini Malalasena-The Sustainability Changemaker

Humans have evolved in so many ways that we have forgotten to embrace growth without using our natural resources efficiently.

The overexploitation of natural resources has resulted from the significant rise in anthropogenic activities. Because the resources are limited, we must use them prudently, or there will be nothing left for future generations.

Even though I didn’t know the term “sustainability or sustainable development” when I was growing up, I think we contributed significantly more to it then. We walked most of the time or rode a bicycle; we never used televisions or mobile phones—instead, we played outside or read books, recycled, reused, or upcycled things rather than bought new things, and our food choices were based on what was grown locally. Our requirements were largely met by local surroundings since we grew up in a mostly simple neighbourhood with less complex needs. With the availability of resources, we have changed our lifestyles and attitudes so much now.

So, where do we begin?

We must start educating our children because kids today will be adults tomorrow. We must begin preparing them for the future and cultivating their enthusiasm for sustainability. Bringing awareness and creating eco-minded individuals will help to make a positive impact toward a sustainable society.

Thilini Malalasena

Thilini often uses her creative and innovative ideas during lessons to fulfil the needs of her students. She believes it is time to change the learning and teaching approaches to create future innovators and entrepreneurs. She is passionate about a transformative approach to learning.

She has done her Bachelor’s degree in Computing and later became more interested in the field of education. She started the journey by doing her Postgraduate in Education and now holds a Master’s degree in Education, specialised in International Education.

With over 10 years of teaching experience, apart from being a Cambridge-certified IGCSE ICT teacher and an Assessment Specialist for Cambridge International Examinations, she was working as an Examinations Officer for both Edexcel and Cambridge examination boards and as a life skills facilitator at Amna Bint Wahab Secondary school for girls in Doha, Qatar.

In the future, she wants to help other educators with her multinational experience. She wants to implement new ideas into both teaching and learning and make a positive change in the educational field in Sri Lanka.

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