CUP opens 32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu

Children’s Uplift Programme (CUP) opened its 32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu R. T. C. M. School, Jaffna benefitting about 250 students on February 28.

In accordance with CUP’s new concept, the theme associated with this library was “Value of Education” – a timely topic to address continuous school dropout rate and lack of attention given for education and to motivate parents in encouraging their children towards better education.

An art competition was held to enable students to display their creative ideas on the theme. The best 10 paintings were selected and drawn in the school wall with the support of JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Also the winners were awarded.

This library project was sponsored by Rotary Colombo East. President, Rotary Colombo East – S. Jayakarunakaran, and its members, CUP Officials, Harsha Gomes, Nadee Dissanayake, Nishantha Perera, Damayanthi Perera and Inoka Antony were present.

The organisers thanked Udana, Amandeepa, Smadi, Lasanthi, Kapila, Novanthi, Brithni, Udara, Hemantha Sandil, Roshan and Shoba for their contribution in many different ways to make this event a success.

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New building complex opened at Mn/Adampan MMV – 11 October 2014


Opening ceremony of a new classroom complex of Mannar Adampan Madya Maha Vidyalayam was held on 11th October 2014.

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa graced the event as the Chief Guest. Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyudeen, Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri and High Commissioner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Qasim Qureshi participated as special guests.

Three Storied Building for Al-Mazhar Girl’s High School in Nintavur

E1M2-18-09-2014The Newly built three storied building at Al-Mazhar Girl’s High School in Nintavur, Kalmunai was inaugurated by Hon. Mohan Wijewickrama, Governor of the Eastern Province on 18th September 2014.

Hon. MS. Uthuma Lebbe, Minister of Road Development, EP, Hon. Members of Provincial Council who represent the area, Mr. NNA. Pushpakumara, Secretary, Ministry of Education, EP, Mr. MTA. Nizam, Provincial director of Education, Hon. YL. Sulaimalebbe, Opposition Leader of Pradeshiya Sabha, Nintavur, Teachers, Students and Members of School Development Committee also present at the ceremony. During the speech, Hon. Governor explained the rapid Development which is taken place in Eastern Province since culmination of the conflict and the Government initiatives on uplifting the Education standards of Children in the Eastern Province.

Foundation Stone laid for Mahindothaya Technological Faculty of J/ Vembadi Girls High School – 30 June 2014


Foundation stone laying ceremony for the Mahindothaya Technological Faculty was held in J/ Vembadi Girls High School on 30 June 2014.

Principal of the school Mrs.V.Shanmukaratnam headed the event. Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V.Wigneswaran participated as Chief Guest and laid down the foundation stone.

S.Sathiyaseelan – Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Teachers, Students and Parents also participated in this event.

Educating, empowering and involving Youth

untitledText of a presentation at the World Conference on Youth – 8 May 2014

I am grateful to Aide et Action for this opportunity to speak to you, and even more grateful that they have engaged in a process of international consultation to highlight issues crucial for the well-being of youth. The document they have put together provides a clear and concise account of how the areas initially touched upon in the Colombo Declaration can be fleshed out meaningfully.

Underlying the suggestions are a few basic principles that need continuous emphasis. Inclusivity and involvement, information and awareness, empowerment and equal access, all require greater attention from governments.

To achieve this, I think it is necessary to pursue comprehensive reform with regard to mindsets. Reform is of course central to the agenda of Liberalism, which is the creed I uphold, but I think in this context we should also use another word, which has often been twinned with Liberalism.  I refer to the term Radicalism, which means essentially the idea of getting to the core of things and uprooting whatever is not conducive to progress. It is because Liberalism has often been misunderstood, and thought to stand for only free market policies, that in many areas Liberals associate themselves with Radicals, as in an institution of great energy and commitment, the International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth. This juxtaposition was sometimes necessary to emphasize the Liberal commitment to inclusive progress.

Liberals do indeed believe in free markets, but they also realize, unlike capitalists and conservatives, that markets are not free unless measures are in place to reduce inequalities, to enhance opportunities and to control power, whether it be political, economic, social or physical. The creation of a level playing field may be an impossible dream, but that does not reduce the imperative to pursue this.

This dream, this ideal, lies at the heart of the Colombo declaration, and the additions Aide et Action have suggested on the basis of their consultations in four continents and 16 countries. The details of the consultation make clear how AEA is well qualified to undertake such a task, given the remarkable work it has engaged in all over the world.

I have seen this system of aid in action in just two countries, India and Sri Lanka, but the confidence of their students, and the initiatives they undertake, make it clear that this is an organization that puts its principles into practice. It is for this reason that, over the last couple of years, I have used much of my decentralized budget to set up Vocational Training Centres in the North to be run by Aide et Action. I should add that I was keen that these be set up in schools, to emphasize the link between academic and vocational education, something that the consultations have stressed is necessary. I am happy to say that the initial snooty approach of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education to Vocational Training is now changing – though not fast enough for my liking – and I received active cooperation from the authorities, both earlier and now, more recently, from the new Provincial administration.

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“English for Young Learners” – Students awarded by Governor – 21 April 2014


“English for Young learners” has been a successful program to promote use of English language among young generation.The teaching methods adopted in this program are very productive and user friendly, thus the students are able to understand the theory quickly.”

The students who have completed the “English for Young Learners” – A course conducted through CSR Project of Lanka IOC to the school children in Jaffna were awarded by Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri. A ceremony in this regard was held on 21st April 2014 at Veeramani Iyar Stadium, Kopay Teachers’ College. The Governor participated as chief guest and awarded the students.

Lanka OIC has organized this six – month English Course in partnership with ‘Glorious Jaffna Foundation’. 150 school children who completed this course were awarded with certificates.

Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Managing Director of Lanka IOC Dakbala, The Director of Glorious Jaffna Foundation Tharindu Amunugama and The First Secretary of Indian Consulate, Jaffna Suresh Menan also participated at this ceremony.


Governor’s Trophy – English Debate Competition commenced today – 08 March 2014

“Competitions are conducted to find the best talent among the selected group.This is another important event where the school children who can show not only the debating talent , but also the English language proviciency.”

Governor’s Trophy English Debate Competition commenced on 08th March 2014 at St.John’s College, Jaffna. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.

Competitions were held under two categories – junior level and senior level. 24 schools competed in the junior level competitions as well as 24 schools for senior level competitions. All the competitions except final competition have been completed.

28 English language professionals judged the competitions.

Chief Secretary of the Northern Province Mrs.R.Wijialudchumi, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan and several officials and officers also participated at this event.

19 SLNG Arranges Donation of School Items

Kinder Helper Sri Lanka, a Non Governmental Organization based in Kekirawa, Anuradhapura, on request of the Army donated school items and uniforms worth of Rs. 200,000/= to students of 553 Brigade area.

With coordination of Commanding Officer 19th Sri Lanka National Guard (19 SLNG), 39 students of Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school and 25 students of Veththilaikerny Parameswaran Maha Vidyalaya were handed over the donation by the organization at a ceremony held recently at Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school.

Parents who were present on the occasion were also given packs of dry ration during the function.

President Kinder Helper Sri Lanka Mr. I.O. Venkulan, General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier A. Kariyakarawana, Commander 553 Brigade Colonel S.P.V.S. Subhasinghe, principal of Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school Mr. P. Thiruganathan and students, teachers and parents participated in the event.

Awareness Program Held on ‘Importance of Sending Children to Pre-Schools’

E1M1-25-11-2013Pre-School Education Bureau is taking measures to raise awareness on ‘Importance of Sending Children to Pre-Schools’ through street dramas. In this regard, a street drama was staged on 25.11.2013 at public places in Nintavur and Akkaraipattu.

Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. U.L.A. Azeez officially inaugurated the event. Large amount of audiences and dignitaries of the area were present on the occasion.


The gaps and needs in the day to day life of village people in Kaddupulam, Chankanai

Chankanai - fact sheetPradesha Saba continue to provide drinking water for the families.
The divisional secretariat and an NGO  have renovated a few wells whilst other sanitation  facilities too have been provided by other NGOs and  the government.
A primary school at Kaddupulam is in  operation.
Livelihood is mainly fishing while many are  engaged in labour till sustainable livelihood opportunities are available. Assistance in the form of livelihood support and education facilities for children were  priority.