Tsunami affected NorthEast teachers to receive help from INGO
[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 March 2006, 20:44 GMT]
Education International (EI) funded compensation scheme for NorthEast teachers affected by tsunami was inaugurated by
the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) in an event held Sunday in Trincomalee Vikneswara Maha Vidiyalayam, education officials said. EI has allocated 3.2 million rupees through the Sri Lanka Teachers Tsunami Rehabilitation Project for the North East for the benefit of nearly 1655 teacher-families affected by tsunami, CTTU General Secretary Mr.T.Mahasivam said.
Mr.Mahasivam handing over the first payment to a teacher while Mr.Rajanathan and Mr.Ganesharajah look on.
Tsunami-affected teachersat the event.
Mr.N.Rajanathan, CTTU President presided over the inaugural event. Mr.T.Mahasivam, General Secretary, and Mr.T.Ganesharajah, co-ordinator of the Sri Lanka Teachers Tsunami Rehabilitation Project and CTTU Media Secretary, spoke at the event.
38 Tamil medium teachers lost their lives in the tsunami, 36 in the North East (08 in Jaffna, 3 in Mullaitivu, 10 in Batticaloa, and 15 in Amparai) and 2 in Colombo district. The next of kin of dead teachers are paid 10,000 rupees each.
Teachers whose houses were fully damaged are being paid four thousand rupees and for partially destroyed houses two thousand rupees, Mr.T.Mahasivam, CTTU General Secretary said.
Payment of compensation for affected teachers is to commence next Friday in Jaffna district, Saturday in Maruthankerni in Vadamarachchi East division, and Sunday in Mullaitivu, CTTU officials said.
Affected Tamil medium teachers in the districts of Batticaloa and Amparai to be paid compensation thereafter, Mr.Mahasivam said.
The official website of Education International, head quartered in Brussels, Belgium says: "EI is a federation of organisations representing over 29 million teachers and other education workers, through 348 member organisations in 166 countries and territories. As the Global Union representing education workers worldwide, Education International unifies all teachers and education workers."