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Korean nationals living in SL donate educational items to students


Koreans living in Sri Lanka recently handed over educational equipment worth nearly Rs. 4 million to the Ministry of Education in order to strengthen efforts to combat many challenges faced by Sri Lankan students.

Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, Secretary M.N. Ranasinghe, Department of Examination Commissioner General L.M.D. Dharmasena, and National Institute of Education Director General Dr. Sunil Nawarathne attended the handover ceremony.

Korean Businessmen’s Association in Sri Lanka Chairperson Honggyu Kwak, Korean Residents Association of Sri Lanka Chairperson Seongcheol Byeon, and Peaceful Unification Advisory Council Southwest Municipal Chapter Chairperson Gyeong Ho Um were present to hand over the educational items on behalf of the Korean community in Sri Lanka. The event was also attended by Korean Ambassador Santhush Woonjin JEONG.

According to Kwak, the Chairperson of the Korean Businessmen’s Association, Korean residents in Sri Lanka were saddened to learn that Sri Lankan students were unable to take their exams on time due to a lack of paper and ink.

“In response, Koreans in Sri Lanka raised money with the desire to help students who will be the future leaders of Sri Lanka. I hope our sincerity and heartfelt efforts will assist students overcome these difficult circumstances with dignity. I hope they grow up well,” he added.

Minister Premajayantha expressed gratitude to Korean residents for donating nearly 4 million rupees to support Sri Lanka’s education sector. “Korea and Sri Lanka have had long-standing relations.” Korea has continued to provide unwavering support for megadevelopment projects as well as community development projects.

“In these difficult times, the Department of Examinations faces numerous challenges in conducting examinations on time for students.” This donation is very timely, and I appreciate it very much. It will strengthen ties between Koreans and Sri Lankans,” the Minister added.

Commissioner Dharmasena expressed his appreciation to the donors as well. “This is the first time the Department of Examinations has received such a donation from an outside source.” I would like to thank the Korean community in Sri Lanka for their assistance in addressing the department’s challenges.

“This donation will enable students to sit for exams on time, paving the way for further studies and employment.” Last year, nearly 600,000 students took GCE ordinary level exams despite numerous challenges. This act of kindness will undoubtedly be remembered and appreciated not only by the students, but by the entire Sri Lankan population,” he added.

Ambassador JEONG praised the Korean community in Sri Lanka for voluntarily donating educational equipment in light of the plight of Sri Lankan students. “I am very proud of the Korean people in Sri Lanka,” he said, praising their efforts. I greatly appreciate their selfless act. It will always have a special place in my heart. The spirit of unity among Korean residents in donating through their own means with genuine generosity to help this beautiful island nation is very meaningful.

“Korean Residents in Sri Lanka have lived here for a long time, more than 20 to 30 years. Today, they have showed their love for Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan people by this generous contribution.”

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