At the first meeting of the Civil Society Partnership for Reconciliation, it was noted that developing educational exchanges would be very useful. The Principal of Ladies College expressed her willingness to offer a few places to students from Kilinochchi or Mullaitivu. Any member of the diaspora willing to sponsor a student, from Grade 4 onward, is invited to get in touch with the Principal, Ladies College. Expressions of interest and inquiries as to costs involved may be made to Pushpi Weerakoon at the Reconciliation Office (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com) Pushpi coordinated the earlier Learn and Lead programme organized by the Business for Peace Alliance on a suggestion of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat, and Ladies College provided an opportunity for two students from the regions to do their Advanced Levels. Other schools that participated in that initial programme were S. Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia, St Benedict’s College, Kotahena, Methodist College and Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya.
By Pushpi Weerakoon