Sept 09, Colombo: Under the "Nearest School is the Best School" program 500 newly constructed school buildings with modern facilities were added to the national education system on Monday, September 9th.
The third National Ceremony to declare open 500 school buildings constructed under the "Nearest School is the Best School" program " was held today at the 'Shishyoda' National Institute of Special and Inclusive Education in Weniwelkola , Kahathuduwaa under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
UNP General Secretary and Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam also participated in the ceremony.
The new buildings have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 10 billion under the project "Nearest School is the Best School" covering all districts with the objective to provide a better school system to the children of the country.
Under the "Nearest School is the Best School" development program commenced in 2016, 18,000 projects have been implemented in 9,064 schools with a total investment of Rs. 65 billion.
In parallel to the program, the Premier also vested the "Shishyoda" National Institute of Special and Inclusive Education in Weniwelkola, Kahathuduwa, with the students. The school is built at a cost of Rs. 360 million for the benefit of students with special needs.
Special needs children showcased their skills on the auditorium stage and the Prime Minister also joined in to see how the education of these children is taking place. The government has taken steps to recruit more trained teachers for this school.
The Prime Minister also observed the swimming pool which was built to promote the physical health of the children with special needs.
The Premier also laid the foundation stone to build a Vocational Training Center needed for vocation education under the "13 years of continued education" program. The Prime Minister also declared open the three storied hostel building to accommodate 100 special needs children.
Homagama Chief Organizer of the UNP and Chairman of the National Youth Services Council Eranga Weliange and Secretary to the Ministry of Education M.N. Ranasinghe and a large number of politicians and government officials were present.