EU, UNICEF support education in East
Children from schools supported under the project funded by the
European Union(EU) together with UNICEF across the Eastern Province,
gathered to celebrate the success of the project at the Sri Shanpaha
Maha Vidyalaya in Muttur. A delegation of three EU Parliamentarians,
headed by Jean Lambert joined in the cultural event as guests of honour
held to mark the European Union's sustained investments in communities
affected by conflict.
Over 100 Children from 18 conflict affected schools in the East
displayed their talents through dance, drama and song at the Sri
Shanpaha Maha Vidyalaya.
Located in the Eechilampattu DS Division, the school was damaged
during the conflict and reconstructed with the support of the EU and
European Union Ambassador/Head of Delegation, Bernard Savage said
"These children have had to endure so much in the past, which is why the
EU is happy at having been able to enrich and improve their lives and
their communities. On behalf of the EU, I take this opportunity to wish
them all success for their futures."
UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative Reza Hossaini said "The EU is a
generous donor in Sri Lanka, improving the lives of some of the most
vulnerable children, families and communities.
It is by developing better quality education and health services that
conditions can be nurtured for a sustainable peace and economic growth."
"In Sri Lanka, the EU and UNICEF have implemented a three year
project in the Eastern Province under the "Assistance to Conflict
affected People" (EU-ACAP) Programme, he said". Over nine million euros
is being provided through this programme and includes the construction
of 18 schools, refurbishment of 10 health centres, two paediatric and
post-natal wards, an office for a medical officer of health, doctors'
quarters and one central dispensary.