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Green Cross Sri Lanka was fortunate to implement the above project activities from 2005 onwards and during 2013 it was launched for the ninth time. 

 

POSTER COMPETITION

 

As a partial event, a Poster Competition was held among the schools selected for conducting

the Environment Diary Competition in view of the World Water Day of 2013,  under the theme

Water and Co-operation”.  The winners of the competition were as follows,

                    1st Place -  Uditha Dampriya, Bandaragama National School, Bandaragama

                    2nd Place – K.M.T.Sewmini, Bandaragama National School, Bandaragama

                    3rd Place -  Ayodhya Rashmini, No.01 Jonier School, Piliyandala

·          Meritorious Certificates

§   Malshi Shanshika, Bandaragama National School, Bandaragama

 

§  Vihan Induwara, No.01 Junior School, Piliyandala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF THE PROGRAM TO THE SCHOOLS

After reviewing the data and statistics of children, a total of fifty  schools wereselected and the staff members visited those schools. Grade V school children were educated on the method of writing environment diaries for a period of three months. The project was conducted in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara with the participation of 7000 children.

 

TEACHERS’ SEMINAR

The Teachers’ Seminar under the Green Lane program of 2013 was held on 15th June at the Lecture Hall of the office premises at Koswatta, Battaramulla and it was participated by a total of thirty-five teachers under the theme of “The Creation of an Eco Friendly Child Through Environmental Education”.

The above Teachers’ Seminar commenced at 09.30 a.m. and ended at 01.30 p.m. for educating the teachers of government schools selected for the implementation of the Green Lane Diary Program who are educating the school children of Grade 5 in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara Districts.

 

The Department of Education according to a recent decision has prohibited teachers on participating of any outside work during weekdays. Therefore, we decided to conduct the seminar on a Saturday.

 

The main Resource Person at the Seminar was Dr. Ajantha Perera , Former Senior Lecturer of the Colombo University and the Founder of Solid Waste Recycling National Program of Sri Lanka.

 

Those present at the occasion invited by GCSL were the following distinguished persons.

 

·         Prof. Pradeep Randivala, Senior Lecturer of the Financial and Administrative Faculty of Colombo University and the former Head of the Faculty.

·         Miss. Menaka Senevirante, Secretary of General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation, Colombo Branch.

·         Ms. Hemamala Vitanaachchi, The Head of the Nursing Department, Kaatsu International University

 

According to the agenda of the program the traditional oil lamp was lighted by the main speaker, distinguished invitees, and by a teacher on behalf of the teachers who were present.

               

The next item on the agenda was the Welcome Speech delivered by Prof.Pradeep Randivala (on behalf of Dr. Jagath Seneviratne, President of Green Cross Sri Lanka) He extended his gratitude to the teachers for participating at the seminar on that day. The presence of Dr. Ajantha Perera as the main speaker was also greatly valued.

 

Dr. Ajnatha Perera specifically stated that many nations in the world have focused their attention on the wastage of food and in this connection she said   the theme at present is “ THINK, EAT, SAVE”.  It was also highlighted that even in Sri Lanka we waste a lot of food due to lack  of planning by most families. The value of fresh air and clean water was also highlighted and indicated the fact that we should recognize the free air for breathing and use water without wastage. 

 

During the second session of the lecture Dr. Perera conducted the role play among the teachers to show the necessity of educating the school children by the teachers. This happened to be a very interesting program as almost all the teachers participated at the occasion.

                                    

A staff member of Green Cross Sri Lanka addressing the teachers explained in detail the various steps to be taken on writing the diaries during the period. She requested the teachers specially to monitor the writing of diaries and advise the students when they face any matters which are not clear. She also informed   the teachers on other events of the program.

 

The attendance certificates were issued to the teachers who participated at the seminar.

 

DRAMA COMPETITION

The next competition of the presentation of Short Dramas was conducted on 28th September 2013 from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm at Sri Rahula Girls School at Malabe. Representing Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts. A total of sixteen schools presented dramas according to the conditions laid down.

Each drama was limited to a period of ten minutes and five actors or actresses performed using the appropriate background of eco friendly organic matter on environment protection.

The dramas were judged by a team of prominent environmentalists.

 

Having closely observed all aspects of the presentations, the panel of judges finally selected the following winners.

Wining Drams,

·         First Best drama  - Sri Jayewardenepura Maha Vidyalaya, Kotte Theme  - “ The World”

 

·         Second Best drama – Army School, Panagoda Theme - “ The Way to Heaven”

 

·         Third Best drama – Sri Rahula Balika Vidyalaya, Malabe Theme - “ The World is ours my friend”

Meritorious Dramas,

·         Bandaragama Central College,Bandaragama. Theme - “ The Small Plant”

 

·         Yasodara Devi Balika Vidyalya, Gampaha Theme - “ The Silent Summer”

 

·         Dhammanada Maha Vidyalaya, Morontuduwa. Theme - “ Who Owns the Forest ?”

 

·         The Best Actor – A.B. Senuka Bimsen  of Sri Jayewardenepura Maha Vidyalaya, Kotte. Theme - “ The World”

 

·         The Best Actress – A.G. Pamudi Samudika of Sri Rahula Balika Vidyalya, Malabe.  Theme - “ The World is ours my friend”.

§  The Meritorious Acting,

1.    Nisalya Perera of Anula Vidyalya, Nugegoda as “ The suffering on the Destruction of the Grown up Tree” .

2.       Muthumini Kawishma Devmini, of Army School,Panagoda as “ The Way to Heaven”.

3.       Kawsitha Perera of Ananda Satralaya, Kotte as “ Will we think of a change ?”

4.       Hirusha Prbath Tuduwage of Pannipitiya Dharmapala Vidyalya as “ Isn’t there A way to stop Toxic Smoke ?”

5.       L.K. Sayuri Madhushani of Sri Seelankara Vidyalya as “ We Protect the Environment”

 

§  The Best Eco Friendly Theme

·         Pannipitiya Dharmapala Vidyalya. Theme -  “ Isn’t there a way to stop Toxic Smoke” 

§  The Best Eco Friendly Background

·              Army School,Panagoda. Theme  - “ The Way to Heaven”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

EVALUATION THE DIARIES

The Environment diaries written by a total of 7000 school children of the three districts were collected by the staff members of Green Cross Sri Lanka assistance given on a voluntary basis, during 03th  and 4th of October 2013 by visiting the schools concerned. Thereafter, the evaluation of written diaries commenced on 5th of October 2013 by undergraduates and it was completed on 18th October 2012.

 

SPEECH AND ESSAY CONTEST

 

After the evaluation of the written diaries, a total of 100 outstanding students were selected to be exposed to the next competition on the Speech and Essay contest. This was organized   on the 26th October 2013 at Jayewardhenapura Boys School, Kotte from 7.30 to 4.00 p.m. and judged by a panel of judges named by the organization. All the students presented the speeches and also wrote essays on environmental protection.

 

AWARD CEREMONY

The presentation of Awards to the school children and teachers under the above project took place on 12th November 2013 from 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at the main hall of the National Youth Services Centre situated of Maharagama in the Colombo District.

On this memorable day the program was implemented for the ninth time by the National Organization of Green Cross Sri Lanka commencing from 2005 onwards upto the present was a very significant occasion for the school children conducted as a competition studying in Grade 5 of selected schools of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara districts numbering 7000.

The distinguished invitees who were very cordially invited by the organization were warmly welcomed at the main entrance of the venue by the members of the Advisory Board and were ushered in headed by a group of traditional dancers and drummers to the hall with pomp and pageantry for starting the program at 9.00 a.m.in the presence of the principals, teachers, school children and their parents. The media personnel of various newspapers and television channels very kindly covered the program activities from the start upto the end.

On arrival at the hall, distinguished and eminent invitees lighted the traditional oil lamps which were placed in the bunches of beautiful flowers.

According to the Agenda of the day the Welcome Speech was delivered by Dr.Jagath Seneviratne, President of the National Organization of   Green Cross Sri Lanka, the Lecture in the Japanese Language Unit of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Interpreter of the Japanese Language to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, the Managing Director of International Kaatsu University and the Director of Senehasa Foundation.

At the outset the President conveyed his sincere gratitude to the distinguished invitees present at the occasion in the midst of their   other work as it happened to be a working day for all.

He made it a point to speak on the activities conducted by the Organization very briefly    and stated that Sri Lanka was very fortunate to establish the Environment Organization in 2005 and implement the Green Lane Program for the ninth time that year and expose a total of 7000 students of government schools of Colombo., Gampaha and Kaluthara with the valuable assistance of the principals, teachers, school children and their parents.

Furthermore, he reminded all those present that the environmental related abuses have escalated to a great extent during the past many years and due this situation natural disasters are occurring every now and then in many countries of the planet. In addition the President stated that at present due to the conditions in all over the world on Global Warming the melting of glaziers take place in the North and South of the globe and is liable to inundate the countries such as Male very soon.

While focusing about the funding for the Green Lane Project he said that people of Sri Lanka and all those who care for the conservation of the environment are thankful to Green Cross Japan for the funds provided from 2005 to 2007 and thereafter from 2008 to 2010 by Mitsu Co. Ltd Environment Fund of Japan and in 2011 again by Green Cross Japan and part funding by Mitsubishi Corporation, Colombo Branch by grant of personal funds by the Former General Manager and from 2011 to 2014 by Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan for even undertaking to fund in the next year 2014. It is significant he said that Mitsubishi Corporation has come forward to fund Green Lane Program of Australia as well.

The next item according to the agenda was the presentation again of the speech made by the first winner to visit Japan student Tilakna Movindi of Gampaha Yasodhara Devi Balika Vidyalaya.

Mr. Naoto Honda, the General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Colombo branch was invited to distribute the air tickets, certificates and gifts to the winning two students 1st Place : Tilakna Movindi, Yasodhara Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha and 2nd Place : Dulmini Diwyanjalee, Ananda Balika Vidyalya, Kotte to visit Japan.  Mr. Honda also presented the mementoes and certificate to the teachers who assisted the programme and also distributed the certificates and gifts to a number of students who performed excellently at the program.  

Thereafter, Mr. Devkumar Fernando, Deputy General Manger of Mitsubishi Corporation Colombo Branch and Mrs. Ayomi Warnakulasooriya , Executive of the Business Department Mitsubishi Corporation, Colombo Branch presented mementoes, certificate and gifts to the teachers and students.

After that was the presentation of the speech made by the second winner to visit Japan, student Dulmini Divyanjalee, Ananda Balika Vidyalya, Kotte.

Hon. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education was invited to address the ceremony and while making his speech his expressed his inability to attend the occasion in time due to the work connected with the Commonwealth Conference.  The Hon. Minister distributed the air tickets, certificates and gifts to the winning two students 3rd Place : Thulana Renuja, President’s College,

Maharagama and 4th Place : Yashodha Chandalee, Piliyandala No. 1 Junior School and to Ms.G. Bandulatha the teacher selected to accompany the students to Japan. 

Hon. Minister also presented the mementoes and certificates to the teachers who assisted the programme and also distributed the certificates and gifts to a number of students who performed excellently at the programme.   Before he left the ceremony the Hon. Minister congratulated all the winners and teachers.

The 3rd place winner of Thulana Renuja, President’s College, Maharagama and 4th Place winner, Yashodha Chandalee, Piliyandala No. 1 Junior School presented their speeches on the stage.

A number of invited guests presented the certificates to other students and teachers and to the winners of the Poster Competition, on the World Water Day and winners of the Short Drama Competition of 2013.

 

        The short winning drama presented by Sri Jayewardenepura Maha Vidyalaya, Kotte  was staged  and another dance item was presented by the past students who went to Japan earlier.

Summary of the presentation of certificates, mementoes and gifts are indicated below,

1. Five Air Tickets, certificates and gifts to the for winning children and the teacher to visit Japan and December

2. Six Outstanding Merit Certificates and gifts for excellent performance

3. Ninety Merit Certificates and gifts for selection on writing satisfactory diaries

4. Three Hundred and fifty certificates and gifts to winners at school level

5. Seventy Five certificates and Mementoes to teachers for assisting the program

6. Participating Certificates to all participants of 2013 program

According to the agenda Miss.Hasitha Kumari Walpola delivered the Vote of Thanks.

The Awarding Ceremony ended at 1.00 p.m. with the recital of the National Anthem

 

VISIT TO JAPAN

On completion of the activities of the program the following team visited Japan from  12th Dec.2013 to 16th Dec. 2013.

                Four Students

01.   Tilakna Movindi, Yashodaradevi Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha

02.   Dulmini Diwyanjalee, Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

03.   Thulana Renuja De Silva, President’s College, Maharagama

04.   Yashodha Chandilee Ramanayake,No.01 Junior School, Piliyandala

Teacher               

Mrs.G.Bandulatha, Sri Jayewardenepura Boys School, Kotte and

Dr. Jagath Seneviratne, President of Green Cross Sri Lanka and a staff member.

It is significant that the winners of the program who participated at the International Children Symposium on 14th December, were very successfully interacted with the children of other countries. On conclusion of the Symposium, the winners and the teacher were awarded mementoes and certificates.

 

They also were fortunate enough to visit Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan and meet the officials and thanked them for their kind assistance. Furthermore, it was possible for the members of the team to meet Hon. Shoo Iwasaki, President of Green Cross Japan at his office. They had the opportunity to engage in a sightseeing program of Japan before returning to Sri Lanka on 16th  December 2013.

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF HERBAL GARDENS          

The Advisory Board of the Organization decided to establish Herbal Gardens at schools with the participation of the winners of the Green Lane Program of 2012. It was initiated by Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan through Mitsubishi Corporation of Colombo Branch.   

It was significant that funds were approved under the “Project Estimated Budget of 2013” by Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan.

Four Herbal Gardens were implemented under the decision at the following schools.

·         Yashodara Devi Balika Vidyalaya – Gampaha

·         President’s College, Maharagama

·         No.01 Junior School, Piliyandala

·         Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

Consequent to the negotiations held with the principals of the above schools, it was decided to drop Yashodharadevi Balika Vidyalaya as there was a herbal garden established in 2012 under Green Lane Diary Program.

The first Herbal Garden was launched at President’s College on 22nd January 2014 with the participation of host of invitees such as the principal, teachers, children and parents. A Name Board has been installed at the location.

In addition, the following items were supplied for the program.

·         Plants and Saplings

·         Manure, mainly compost

·         Gardening equipment

·         Items for the construction of a fence such as timber

The Second Herbal Garden at No.01 Junior School was inaugurated on the 24th of January 2014 with participation of the principal, teachers and School children. In addition, the following were supplied as requested by the teachers for maintaining the garden successfully.

·         Plants and Saplings

·         Manure including Compost

·         Gardening equipments

·         Timber for making the fence around the garden.

The Third Herbal Garden at Ananda Balika Vidyalaya was inaugurated on the 07th February 2014 with participation of the principal, teachers and School children. The Name Board has been installed by the Principal. In addition, the following were supplied as requested by the teachers for maintaining the garden successfully.

·         Plants and Saplings

·         Manure including Compost

·         Gardening equipments

·         Timber for making the fence around the garden.

The principals, teachers, parents and schools children of the schools were delighted that Green Cross Sri Lanka established Herbal Gardens at the premises of the schools to be maintained with the kind assistance of the Funding Authority.

The progress on Herbal gardens will be intimated to you in the future.