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Sri Jayewardenepura University to execute ‘walk the talk’ CSR project

Left to Right - Rev. D.M.J. Kennedy Perera, Sister Thanuja, Sister Selinta Fernando, Sister Chrishanthi, Nirmal Kalubowila (Representative from the Student Forum - University of Sri Jayewardenepura).
Left to Right - Rev. D.M.J. Kennedy Perera, Sister Thanuja, Sister Selinta Fernando, Sister Chrishanthi, Nirmal Kalubowila (Representative from the Student Forum - University of Sri Jayewardenepura).

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura occupies the highest echelon of prestigious higher educational institutions in Sri Lanka and in the World.

As the world experienced a global pandemic and our island nation came to a complete standstill socially and economically, the worst effected were the underprivileged and those who depended on the goodwill of a functional society.Fully comprehensive of this void, under the patronage of Snr. Professor Kennedy Gunawardana and Snr. Professor Y.K. Weerakoon Banda, the Management Faculty’s Doctoral degree holders and the students perusing their Doctorates decided to step out from their ‘comfort zone’ of pursuit of knowledge and ‘walk the talk’ to plan, coordinate, contribute and execute their own Social Responsibility project.

The Bolawalana Good Shepherd Convent is nestled between a lush coconut plantation and the Convent Road. The convent not only provides and cares for the children but also equips them to be productive citizens by providing vocational training. The occupants of the convent are children to whom Sister Selinta Fernando and her dedicated team are the only mother and father known since the day they were entrusted to the care of the convent.

The most remarkable aspects of the whole project according to Snr. Professor Gunawardana is the speed of response, remote planning using high tech online platforms, eager contributions and final delivery of the project within a period of 48 hours from the inception of the concept. “This is not a one-off project, we helped to define what social responsibility is, expanded the knowledge base, and this is the moment of truth” commented Professor Gunawardana, who is confident that his team of academics are capable of sustaining such social responsibility yefforts through ensuring participation and commitment from other stakeholders as well.”

 


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