A group of young persons from Velvettithurai visited Parliament on October 18 during a visit to the South arranged by the Rotary Club of Colombo Mid-Town. The programme was arranged by Pushpi Weerakoon, of the Reconciliation Office, and the group was hosted to lunch by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP along with several other Members of Parliament.
The group of youngsters from Velvettithurai on the top floor of Parliament with MP Rajiva Wijesinha, before they went into the Chamber.
Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa met the students as they came in, and talked about the need of students in the North as well as the South for better training for jobs.
Others who spoke to the students at lunch were Kanaka Herath, former Wayamba Chief Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Buddhika Pathirana, Maavi Senathiraja and Mr Saravanaparvan.
The group then went into the Chamber to listen to a debate. Before the visit, they had held a workshop at the Reconciliation Office, with presentations on Peace Building, It and Communications, Business Development and Rehabilitation. In addition to Shanthi and Malkanthi Hettiarachchi and Pushpi Weerakoon, the arrangements were handled by Prof Rajendran of the Universities of Jaffna and Singapore who has contributed actively to the visit and the interactions with counterparts in the South. The group has visited Kandy and Nuwara Eliya too, and will go to Sigiriya and Anuradhapura on their way back.