A group of Jaffna students got opportunity to take part in World Children’s Day celebration organized on October 1st by the government at Ranminithenna, in the down south when the 7thth Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps (7 SLAWC) at Kankasanthurai (KKS) arranged a trip for them in collaboration with Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). The memorable journey included travel by air and visits to the Parliament and SLRC to give Northern students firsthand experience in functioning of those places.
Fifteen boys and five girls from Vasavilan Central College, Point Pedro Hartley College, Ilavalai St. Henry College, Kokkuvil Hindu College, Nelliady Central College, Jaffna Hindu College and Jaffna Central College and five teachers were initially taken to Colombo by road on 29thth by the Commanding Officer 7 SLAWC Major Chandrika Rajaguru who stayed with children and teachers throughout the journey. She was assisted by Second Lieutenant N. Narenthra of 20thth National Cadet Corps Headquarters Jaffna. On 30thth they visited the Parliament, SLRC and other places.
On the 1st of October on which the World Children’s Day fell, visiting students were taken from Ratmalana to Weerawila by air giving them a novel experience in their life. Jaffna boys and girls were offered a chance to mix with their Southern counterparts at the national ceremony organized at Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema village.
They also presented a Jaffna traditional cultural dance before the First Lady Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa and the distinguished gathering. Later, two special Y 12 flights airlifted them from Weerawila to Palaly where their parents and friends had gathered to receive them.
Meanwhile, 7 SLAWC had organized another programme for over 100 students, teachers and parents at KKS. They stayed whole day at KKS and enjoyed visit to KKS Lighthouse and Thalsevana Holiday Resort. Special programmes including music and funny games and delicious meals had been arranged for them at Thalsevana and Headquarters 7 SLAWC. Each and every participant was given presents. They, in the evening, went to Palaly airport to receive their friends who attended the Ranminithenna World Children’s Day programme.