Friday, May 04, 2007

GOAL from Ireland constructs Schools

The GOAL organisation from Ireland has constructed a new school building for Al-Husain Viddyalaya, Maligaikadu, as part of the INGO's programme of constructing and rehabilitating schools.

The 2004 tsunami not only destroyed the buildings of Al-Husain Viddayalaya but also took the lives of 58 children studying at this school.

The new school building consists of an assembly hall, library, counselling room, computer unit, canteen, staff room, conference hall, sick room, administration office, and classrooms for students from grades one through nine. Including furniture and other equipment, the cost of the project was roughly 45 million ruppes.

GOAL handed over the school to S. Sivapragasam, Divisional Education Officer of the Department of Education, at a function on the school premises where the Divisional Secretary of Karaitivu, S. Ramakrishnan, was also present.
Teachers, students, parents, and well-wishers of the school garlanded and took on a procession John Wain (GOAL Country Director), Jonathan Edgar (GOAL - Dublin), Mark Ford (Schools Programme Coordinator), and Stephen McEneaney (GOAL - Ampara Team Leader).

GOAL has constructed 45 new school buildings and rehabilitated 17 schools in Ampara District, at a cost of 12 million US dollars. GOAL has already handed over 56 schools to the Department of Education and intends to hand over the balance of the schools before the conclusion of their efforts in Sri Lanka in July of this year.

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