Rotary aids tsunami hit schools in South and East
Colombo regency Rotary Club in association with the Iwamizawa East
Rotary Club of Japan has launched a project to supply educational aid to
tsunami affected schools in the Southern and Eastern provinces.
The first consignment of specially made metal chalk boards were
handed over to the reconstructed Randombe school at Ambalangoda and
Ariyawansa school at Beruwala.
Explaining the objectives of the project past governor of Rotary
International District 2510 Japan and member of Sapporo North Rotary
Club Prof. Hiroshi Kobayashi said that he has been visiting Sri Lanka
from 1990 and has travelled extensively in the rural areas of this
country. The bright healthy Sri Lankan children need more and more of
the latest educational aid such as metal chalk boards to attract them to
their day to day education, he said.
"Education is the foundation for development. We should develop the
schools to attract the children towards the school where they spend many
hours with teachers. The objective of our Rotary project is to improve
the school introducing the latest educational equipment and transform it
into an attractive place for small children, he said.Rotary Club of
Iwamizawa East Club Secretary Toshiyuki Tamaki and its club president
(2002-2003) Tomoki Sakata also arrived in Sri Lanka to participate in
educational aid donation projects.
Shanta Warnakulasuriya, past president of Colombo Regency Rotary and
Rotary Past Governor Lucky Peiris also participated.
The Rotary club has undertaken to rebuild twenty-two tsunami affected
schools in the South and Eastern provinces. Three of these schools are
being reconstructed in Ambalangoda, Galle and Potuvil. The Rotarians of
Japan are assisting with supplying educational aid to Sri Lankan
Rotarians on this project.