A bright future for Vakarai
President assures parents and children at
Vakarai Maha Vidyalayam grand opening:
* Never forget this is your motherland
* Today's children would become kings tomorrow
Mahinda Rajapaksa during his second visit to Vakarai since its
liberation yesterday assured the people who had undergone many
challenges and hardships due to terrorism, that they had a bright future
The President who received a rousing welcome from the
people of the area during his visit, declared open the new Vakarai Maha
Vidyalayam built on the rubble of its former tsunami/terrorist
devastated structures. The school is now considered as the most modern
and technically advanced in the Batticaloa district.
The European Union which contributed Rs. 300 million
for the effort said that the school stands as a monument to triumph over
adversity for the people of Vakarai and next generation Sri Lankans.
"This reconstruction work on one of the largest
schools in the Eastern Province is a commendable example of
international cooperation, together with the participation of the
Government, non-government and community organizations irrespective of
ethnic or religious differences," the EU quoting the President in their
The EU Ambassador in Sri Lanka Bernard Savage said "It
is with great pleasure that Vakarai MV is gifted to the present and
future students from the generous people of Europe as a token of their
longstanding friendship with Sri Lanka."
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the students
during the grand opening of the rebuilt Vakarai MV advised them to equip
themselves with quality education using the modern facilities available,
as it was one thing which could not be robbed off them. "Coupled with
quality education you should also cultivate good moral habits and humane
qualities to become a good and productive citizen," he added.
As the President reverted to Tamil after a few brief
sentences in Sinhala he was greeted with a thunderous applause from the
people who had gathered in their numbers ,both inside the auditorium and
The President while acknowledging the warm applause
from the crowd which lasted during the entire duration of his speech
said "This is our motherland and we are children of the same mother."
"Dear children, never forget that this is your
motherland. As such you should think what you have done for the country
so far and what you could do in the future. You are flagbearers of the
Nation and the ones who should protect this country tomorrow. Today's
children are the ones who would become Kings tomorrow."
Also President told the grateful people that it was
time to rebuild the Nation under one flag as terrorism had been
He noted that the era where people had used cyanide to
commit suicide was over. "Now you can go to your Hindu temples, schools,
market, paddy fields and for fishing and bath in the sea freely and
without fear," he added.
He said that ethnic divisions would not exist in the
future and there would be no minorities. "We all should work together to
propel the Nation towards sustainable development," he noted.
The President also said that Vakarai was now on the
fast track to development. "Facilities such as new infrastructure,
schools, electricity, transport, health facilities, employment
generation avenues are coming up on a daily basis," he added.
Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris said that it was important
for the international community to understand that what had being
achieved in Sri Lanka was a herculean task.
He also said that Sri Lanka with the dawn of peace was
now in a position to use its inherent strengths and added that these
would be used as pillars of future development.
Education Minister Susil Premjayanth, meanwhile added
that the Government's intention was to give all Sri Lankans equal
opportunities in education irrespective of where they live.
Eastern Province Chief Minister S. Chandrakanthan,
National Integration and Reconciliation Minister V. Muralideran and
Disaster Relief Services Minister Ameer Ali, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Bernard Savage, also spoke.
The event was also attended by IOM Chief M. Abdikkar,
Nation Building Minister Susantha Punchinilame, Senior Presidential
Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP, Wimal Weerawansa MP, Eastern Province
Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema, other politicians, military
and the public.
Courtesy : Daily news
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