Lanka envoy honors top students
Lanka envoy honors top students
The keynote speaker was the new Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, who honored the 39 graduating students.
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all of today’s graduates as they step out into the world to pursue their dreams. Today’s celebration of achievement should also celebrate those students who have achieved a priceless level of performance. This moment should serve as an opportunity for motivation,” Kirshnamoorthy said.
“Children require an exposure to cultures and religions other than their own. It is only then that they will appreciate the value of unity in diversity; to respect other religions and cultures while practicing and respecting their own,” the envoy said, adding that a cocooned existence could place them at a major disadvantage.
“It could be a recipe for conflict and unhappiness,” the envoy said.
As the future leaders of the world, he said, the ability to respect and cooperate with all should be translated into all your endeavors. “A substantial number of children in the Sri Lankan International School will leave Saudi Arabia some day and head toward a life either in Sri Lanka or in some other country. You will be taking up positions of leadership. It is here that you must remember to apply the values you learned.”
In his opening speech, School Principal S.M. Nazeer highlighted that the school has reached the milestone of 25 years of service to the Sri Lankan community in Riyadh. “During its existence, the school has produced several intellectuals and professionals in different fields of study. The school has seen a steady rise in its student population on a yearly basis. During 2012, the school produced more than 10 students enrolled in medical faculties across various universities around the world.
Apart from that, many students were admitted to universities in different fields of study.”
Before concluding his speech, the principal appealed the graduates to use their education to pursue noble causes and extend a helping hand to the students who are in need of their valuable services. He further implored the students to make today a better tomorrow and become useful citizens, while valuing the teachers and parents who were behind their success and bestowing upon them due gratitude.
KSRelief to provide 5,000 Yemenis with school supplies
- There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians
- The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million
JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched a project to provide Yemeni students and schools with supplies to ensure that education continues across the country despite the brutal acts of militants. The trucks started to carrying the aid from Riyadh to Yemen on Monday.
“It is a project to provide Yemen’s schools with the essential needs to ensure a better and smoother educational environment, such as chairs, desks, and boards, in addition to students’ supplies. It will support nearly 5,000 students across Yemen,” said Dr. Samer Aljetaily, spokesman for KSRelief.
“The trucks will arrive first in Ma’arib, then it will be distributed to the most needed areas across the country’s schools and students.”
“My Education” is one of the big projects given to support Yemen’s people in health, shelter, infrastructure, environment and education to help the country stand on its feet regardless of any devastation caused by the militants.
“The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million. In terms of education, the center has given financial aid to schools, paid teachers’ salaries, and provided students’ essential school needs and meals. We will continue supporting our brothers and sisters in Yemen in all sectors.”
This project has been supported by the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Saudi-led Islamic Military Coalition. “The coalition always supports our all initiatives in the interest of Yemeni citizens. The coalition will protect the aid till it arrives in Ma’arib, then it will support logistically to facilitate the distribution of the supplies. Education is a priority for the Saudi government and for KSRelief.
“We have always supported education in Yemen and always will, whether it is for schools, educational institutions, students, teachers, or even educational curricular and psychological support departments to help students become better amid all the horrific acts caused by the Houthis. KSRelief is very keen on building a strong future with a well-educated generation of Yemenis.”
Asked whether there is a lack of international support for Yemen, he told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, has attracted global attention to Yemen’s humanitarian status in different ways, including direct funding for the infrastructure of the country and huge support for health, education and the environment. Saudi Arabia is ranked the first donor in the world when it comes to humanitarian, financial and logistical support in Yemen. This has encouraged other countries’ support as well.
“The UAE has greatly supported the Yemen humanitarian file with $1 billion. The international community has reacted to this.
“However, there must be more international collaboration to reduce the militants’ attacks on the aid and supplies and facilitate the entry of aid and ensure a higher level of safety. There is also need for better cooperation to protect students and children in the militants’ controlled areas,” he emphasized.
“The Saudi Ministry of Education has supported this initiative by providing school supplies and students’ essential supplies.”
There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians.