Thursday, January 18, 2007

Minister Ferial Ashraff lays foundation stone for tsunami affected school

Photo: Minister Ferial Ashraff (Centre); Zonal Director of Education, MT Nizam (2nd from left); Assistant Director of Education, Peer Mohamed (2nd from right), School Principal, Mohamed Fareed (far right); and others at the ceremony.

Minister of Housing & Construction, Mrs. Ferial Ismail Ashraff, laid the foundation stone for a new school building at a function in Al-Misbah Viddyalaya, Kalmunai, on January 11, 2007.

The school had most of its premises destroyed by the December 2004 tsunami. It began in 1954 with only 57 students, but has grown tremendously to its current attendance level of 1600 students.

The new building will have 48 classrooms including:
  • language centre;
  • computer centre;
  • science lab;
  • multimedia centre;
  • and home economics room.
The project will be implemented by SOS Children's Villages of Sri Lanka and is funded by Kinderdorf International of Vienna, Austria. Costs are expected to be 130 million rupees and the building is to be completed in January 2008.Photo: Schoolgirls welcoming the Minister with a song.