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Library books worth of 700 million for 3200 schools

International criterion is that there should be at least 10 reading books for each child studying in a school. Accordingly, The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to prepare a special program to increase the number of books used in the school libraries by 50% during the next five years’ time. As one step of that program, a program has been implemented now to provide 700 million rupees to 3200 schools for purchasing library books under the program of “The nearest school is the best school”.

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All island school dancing competitions, 2017 at Gampaha

All island school dancing competitions, 2017 conducted by the ministry of education are scheduled to be held in 13 schools in Gampaha education zone on 29th and 30th July 2017.

Arrangements have been made to conduct the competitions on 29 of July for the schools having the number of students less than thousand and on 30th July for the schools having the students more than thousand. Nearly twenty thousand male and female students from thousand schools in the island are scheduled to participate in the all island school dancing competitions this time.

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The 14th Summit of World Young Buddhist Monks Council is held this time in Sri Lanka

The arrangements have been made to hold in grand scale the 14th Summit of World Young Buddhist Monks Council in Sri Lanka this time. The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam holds the chairmanship of its management committee and there was a special discussion today morning (19) at the Apegama premises about the arrangements of holding the summit. It has been planned to take place the proceedings of this summit at the Bandaranayaka Memorial Conference Hall, Provincial Council Conference Hall at Pallekelle, Kandy and Millawana Maha Vidyalaya, Galewela from 27th to 30th October. This summit is held in Sri Lanka for the third time in which about thousand young Buddhist priests belonging to the sects of Therawada, Mahayana, Thanthrayana, Wajrayana and Sen around the world. So far this summit has been held in Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the United States of America since the first summit held in Nepal in 2004.

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A strong promise from The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam in front of Ruwanweli Dagoba to be dedicated for the protection of the Buddhism and the Buddhist heritage of this country

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam made a strong promise in front of Ruwanweli Dagoba recently saying that he will act dedicatedly to protect the Buddhism and the Buddhist heritage of this country disregarding any obstacle he faces. He stated this while participating in the ceremony held for offering the sand compound of Ruwanweli Dagoba after the renovation of it under the instructions of The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the chief incumbent of the Ruwanweli Dagoba most venerable Pallegama Hemarathana Nayaka Thera.

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Steps will be taken to provide international training for Archeological officers to improve the field of Archeology – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that it is a contemporary requirement to provide training opportunities for the Archeological officers in our country for acquiring the international level expertise and for Archeological research studies. If the allocations in the Department of Archeology is not sufficient for this purpose he is ready to take action to provide necessary funds even through a cabinet paper, the minister says.

The minister expressed these ideas while participating in the Archeological conference held recently (07) at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in line with the National Archeological Day. The minister further stated that modern international conservation methods and knowledge is essential for improving our Archeological field.

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“Actions will be taken for the advancement of Archeological field without giving in to any political influence” – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

More than two hundred and fifty thousand valuable Archeological sites in the country have been identified so far and it is his expectation to act responsibly using the powers vested on him through the Antiquities Ordinance for the conservation of valuable Archeological sites and monuments without yielding to any political influence, says The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

The minister expressed these ideas while participating in the Archeological conference held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute to mark the Archeological Day which falls on today (07).

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A media briefing to sensitize the current situation of Dambulla cave temple

A media briefing was held at the Department of Government Information yesterday (04) with the headship of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to sensitize the current situation of the Dambulla cave temple.

At this occasion the minister explained several matters including the illegal constructions made in the premises of the historical Dambulla cave temple and the previous management done causing harm to the frescoes of the temple, the warning of removing the Dambulla cave temple from the list of world heritage,

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Allocation of 8 billion rupees for the promotion of hygienic facilities in the schools

- Steps for making the subject Computer Information and Communication Technology compulsory
- Attention is drawn to allow school children to wear garments covering the body for the protection from Dengue mosquitoes

The Minister of Education expressed that during the two years period since the good governance government came into power, 8 billion rupees allocations have been provided to the schools in order to promote the hygienic facilities in the schools and the construction work of 26,000 toilets is scheduled to be finished at the end of this year.

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A media briefing to sensitize the current situation of Dambulla cave temple

A media briefing was held at the Department of Government Information yesterday (04) with the headship of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to sensitize the current situation of the Dambulla cave temple.

At this occasion the minister explained several matters including the illegal constructions made in the premises of the historical Dambulla cave temple and the previous management done causing harm to the frescoes of the temple, the warning of removing the Dambulla cave temple from the list of world heritage, starting the conservation work according to the recommendations submitted by the Professor Varner Smith of  International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Italy which is an internationally accepted institute for frescoes preservation,

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The Minister of Education says he is ready to do everything necessary for the protection of heritage of the country

The necessary instructions for implementing the conservation activities of the frescoes in Dambulla cave temple were given after receiving the information from the incumbent priests of that temple regarding those frescoes in the verge of decaying. Since the UNESCO has warned this temple is in the disadvantaged position of removing from the world heritage list because of the present condition of the temple, he interfered with this matter the minister said. The minister of education further says that some people accuse him as “Bahirawaya” when he interferes in this matter.  

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