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President joins World Children’s Day celebrations; encourages children to pursue wisdom in books

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa joined celerating the World Children’s Day by donating libraries to schools in five districts.

The President stated that provision of a library and access to sports will help children maintain balance between physical and mental well-being. The President added that he was convinced of this fact during his recent visits across the country.

Following requests by children, the construction of a large number of playgrounds in remote areas is now underway. In addition, provision of library facilities for 25 selected schools representing each district has commenced.

With the World Children’s Day on October 1, Reading Month commences as well. President Rajapaksa summoned students from five schools yesterday and donated five libraries to simultaneously motivate the next generation to read books, the President’s Media Division in a statement said. The President symbolically donated five libraries for Lunuwila Anuruddha Central College, Puttalam, Dolosbage Kanishta Vidyalaya, Gampola, Government Tamil Mixed School, Tharmapuram, Vijaya Kumaratunga Vidyalaya, Kuruwita and Pilana Vidyarthodaya Maha Vidyalaya, Galle. Buses that had been out of commission were repaired attractively as libraries for children. Each fully-fledged library cost around Rs. 1 million. Mobitel, the telecom firm, has provided e-library facilities enabling students to study Information Technology and refer e-books online. The project to provide libraries was sponsored by the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Manusath Derana, National Library and Documentation Services Board and SLT Telecom and Mobitel.

The books donated by the publishers at the annual books exhibition at BMICH were also handed over to these libraries. The President did not forget to engage in cordial conversation with the students and invited them to see the Presidential Secretariat.