Oct 29, Colombo: The Elephant Pass Railway station in Northern Province built as a symbol of reconciliation and unity was gifted to the people on Friday (October 28) with the participation of Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
The railway station was destroyed by the terrorists during the war. It was reconstructed with the contributions from the children and teachers of the nation's schools except those from the Northern Province and the Education Ministry.
The Ministry of Education has named the Elephant Pass Railway Station as "Senehasaka Thotupala" to represent the social reconciliation, unity, love, and affection not only among children but adults as well.
Before the opening of the station at the auspicious time, two special trains carrying around 500 students and teaches from North and South arrived at the "Senehasaka Thotupala" from Anuradhapura and Jaffna symbolizing the connecting of future generation of the North and South for the social reconciliation.
School children from around the country for two weeks set aside Rs 2 per day from the money given for their use by their parents and donated it to build the railway station while each teacher donated Rs 10.
The children and teachers through donations collected Rs 10.54 million and the Education Ministry provided the rest of the funding for the Rs. 22 million project.