In a heartwarming ceremony recently at Hanwella Rajasinghe Central College, President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena joined hands to distribute a generous donation from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The donation included 12,000 school bags filled with stationery and other study materials, as well as 43,000 meters of school uniform fabric.
The event, attended by local officials, educators, and delighted students, showcased the strong bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and China and underscored the commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Sri Lankan youth.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his gratitude for China’s continuous support and said, “Education is the foundation upon which a nation’s future is built. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ generous donation will go a long way in supporting our students and encouraging their educational aspirations.”
PM Dinesh Gunawardena also spoke at the ceremony, highlighting the importance of such initiatives for the nation’s youth. “These school bags filled with stationery and the uniform fabric will not only alleviate the financial burden on many families but also boost the confidence of our students,” he said.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ donation is part of a broader effort to strengthen educational ties between the two nations. It comes as a welcome gesture at a time when many students and families are grappling with the economic challenges brought about by the global pandemic.
The students receiving the school bags and uniform fabric were visibly excited and grateful for the support. One student, Priya, said, “This means so much to us. It makes us feel valued and supported in our educational journey.”
The ceremony concluded with President Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Gunawardena distributing the school bags and fabric to the eager students, symbolizing the partnership between Sri Lanka and China in nurturing the next generation of leaders and scholars.
The event served as a reminder of the enduring friendship between the two nations and their shared commitment to education and development.