|THE DONATION OF COMPUTERS AND BOOKS TO DESERVING SCHOOLS IN JAFFNA|
|Wednesday, 28 May 2008|
On an initiative taken by Major General GA Chandrasiri, the Commander of Security Forces, Jaffna to donate Desktop Computers and school books to schools in Jaffna and the Islands, which produced the most outstanding results at the last GCE (A/L) examination held in 2007, the Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) agreed to facilitate the collection and distribution of goods for school children.
Since, in a conflict affected external environment school children need special assistance to acquire IT literacy and make progress with their day to day school work, SCOPP appealed to Dialog Telecom for a donation of 21 Desktop Computers. In addition, SCOPP requested the Asia Foundation to provide books covering school curriculum subjects such as English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and other subjects of general interest to students. Both Dialog Telecom and the Asia Foundation readily complied, and in addition to the computers 1500 books were provided. Transport was provided free of charge by the Navy, as requested by the Operations Unit of SCOPP.
Hon. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare,
is seen making a presentation to a representative from a Jaffna School.
Major General GA Chandrasiri, the Commander of Security Forces, Jaffna is seen handing over a certificate to a representative from a Jaffna School.
Mr. Nilan Fernando,Country, Representative, Asia Foundation presenting Mr. Poolokasingham, Deputy Secretary General,SCOPP, with books from the collection.
Books ready to be packed and shippedJaffna.
The presentation of the Desktop Computers and books took place at the “RE - AWAKENING JAFFNA” festival held at the Duraiyappah stadium in Jaffna on the 24th and 25th May 2008. This attracted large crowds, with an estimated 100,000 attending the event which was organised jointly by the Army Security Forces and the Jaffna Traders Association. In addition to musical shows and sports events, the festival also had numerous outlets which provided consumers an opportunity to buy essential food items at concessionary prices.The following schools received computers through the generosity of Dialog Telecom
1. Hartley College, Point Pedro
While the following schools will be provided with computers shortly1. Jaffna Hindu College, Jaffna
1. Valvetty Hindu Vidyalaya
2. Polikandy Hindy Viyalaya
The books included fiction, and the educational range was from Elementary to Advanced Level grades. They will immensely benefit the students of Jaffna who have limited access to reading materials. This donation is one of the largest, apart from the regular government provision of textbooks, including English medium ones, in recent years.Asia Foundation’s book donation program was initiated in 1954. The program aims at donating 100,000 books among 500 institutions in Sri Lanka for the year 2008. The main focus of this program is to encourage reading and develop learning of the English Language.SCOPP is grateful to Dialog and to the Asia Foundation for their generous donations, and to the army authorities for initiating the request and facilitating distribution. This sort of public-private partnership to assist war affected civilians to regain normalcy is very welcome, and we hope it will be replicated by other institutions.
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