FES donates computers to Sampoor School
[TamilNet, Saturday, 31 December 2005, 16:53 GMT]
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), German Non-governmental organization, through the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) handed over two computers and accessories worth more than two hundred thousand rupees to Sampoor Sri Murugan Vidiyalayam in Muttur east in Trincomalee district to promote computer education to students. FES is also providing Rs 200,000 to build a Children’s Park. The Park is expected to be declared open on Thaipongal Day in January 2006.
Mr.N.Rajanathan (R) and Mr.T.Mahasivam, President and General Secretary of the CTTU, hand over computers, accessories to Ms Rajeswary Manickarajah
During the tsunami, sea water entered the buildings of Sampoor Sri Murugan Vidiyalayam and damaged documents, furniture and equipments. However, the Department of Education has not selected the school under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Project stating that no damage had been caused to school buildings.
The FES decided to assist the school with the donation from German trade unions.
Mr.N.Rajanathan and Mr.T.Mahasivam, President and General Secretary of the CTTU respectively at an event held in Trincomalee Vikneswara Maha Vidiyalayam Saturday afternoon handed over these items to the Principal Ms.
Sri Murugan Vidiyalayam was started in the year 1992 and now it has classes up to Grade 5.
FES Sri Lankan representative Ms. Astrid Becker recently visited the Muttur east villages accompanied by CTTU officials and found the urgent needs of students studying there, sources said.
Mr.T.Mahasivam said FES, which receives donations from trade unions in Germany, has been channeling the funds for the rehabilitation of tsunami-affected schools in the northeast province through the CTTU.
FES founded in 1925 is a German public interest, private institution committed to the value of social democracy and the German and international labour movement. It carries the name of the first democratically elected German President, Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925), and continuing his legacy of shaping democracy, freedom, solidarity, social justice and international understanding.
The current programme of the FES Sri Lanka focuses on the following strategic areas: -
· Non-violent conflict resolution
· Improvement of industrial relations
· Structural and programmatic modernization of trade unions
· Gender equity and women’s empowerment
· Constructive-socio-political dialogue among different stakeholders.
· Youth promotion
· Media freedom and independence
· South Asian co-operation