Network Leader, Sri Lanka, Global University for Lifelong Learning
Dr Chandra Bandara is National Adviser, Sri Lanka, Global University for Lifelong Learning and an Ambassador for Peace, representing the Republic of Sri Lanka.
Chandra secured a government scholarship to study at university but later had to withdraw from academia due to economic hardship and for political reasons. He was subsequently able to complete his LLB degree at the Open University of Sri Lanka. In 1980, Chandra founded a voluntary organization called 'Samadeepa' and since then, it has supported and/or facilitated the creation of more than 600 community-based and non-governmental organizations throughout Sri Lanka. In 1994 he was elected President of the Central Council of Social Services in Sri Lanka and from 2002-06 we was Regional President, Central and South Asia, International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW). He is the National Representative for Sri Lanka, World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) and he has held this position for the past five years.
Chandra observes that while Richard Teare was organizing the launch of GULL in 2007, he was establishing the South Asian Academy for Good Governance (SAAGG) in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The affiliation between SAAGG and GULL affords mutual support for our shared ambition to promote an inclusive, practical and professional lifelong learning agenda. SAAGG-GULL also affirms a divine and spiritual advance for our mission and mandate to provide learning in the community for the low paid, disadvantaged groups and in economic terms, the poorest.