Oxfam, EI to reconstruct tsunami hit schools
[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 February 2005, 17:59 GMT]
Education International (EI) and Oxfam-Netherlands Thursday signed
Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Ministry of Education for
reconstructing fourteen schools which were destroyed in December 26
tsunami in the northeast and south of Sri Lanka. Mr.Fred van Leeuwen,
General Secretary of the Education International, Ms Sylvia Borren, General
Director of the Oxfam-Netherlands and Dr Ms. Tara De Mel, Secretary to the
Ministry of Education signed the MoU, education Ministry sources said
Of the fourteen schools, nine will be constructed in the northeast province
at a cost of 475 million rupees.
The Schools for the South will be
constructed at a cost of 320 million rupees, sources said.
Dr de Mel thanked the Education International and Oxfam-Netherlands
for their assistance to improve the education in tsunami hit areas. She
said although the Sri Lanka government has signed MoUs with foreign governments and
international and national non-governmental organizations, this is the
first time the government has signed MoUs with organizations representing
world teachers to reconstruct schools.
Mr.Fred van Leeuwen and Ms Sylvia Borren also spoke.
Mr.T.Mahasivam, General Secretary of the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union also
participated in the event.
Schools to be constructed in the northeast are:
- Trincomalee District: Nilaveli Tamil Maha Vidiyalayam (Rs 70 million),
Kuchchaveli Al Nooriya Vidiyalayam (Rs 44 million),
Cheenanveli Athavan Vidiyalayam (Rs 42 million),
Upooral Sivasakthi Vidiyalayam (Rs 37 million)
- Batticaloa District:
Kurukkalmadam Kalaivani Maha Vidiyalayam (Rs 82 million),
Chettipalayam Maha Vidiyalayam (Rs 74 million)
- Mullaitivu district:
Mullaitivu Hindu Tamil Vidiyalayam (Rs 30 million),
Mullivaikal East Government Tamil Mixed School (Rs 30 million)
- Amparai district:
Oluvil Al-Jailani Vidiyalayam (Rs 58 million)