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2015 PROJECTS

 

Introduction the project to the School Children

The staff members of Green Cross Sri Lanka visited the schools selected in the month of April & Mayto introduce the Green Lane Diary competition and explained the procedure on writing diaries daily until the written diaries are collected for the evaluation.  Furthermore, the students were educated on the environmental conditions prevailing in Sri Lanka as well as in other countries especially due to Global Warming and sudden climatic changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Competition  

The Poster Competition was held on 21st March of 2015 at Green Cross office premises to commemorate the World Water Day. A large number of students, teachers and parents participated at this occasion and Mrs. Shirani Kalansooriya, Administrative Directress of the Department of Education of Western Province and Mr. Anura Handunneththi, Chief Instructor of teachers in Art attached to the Department of Education participated on our invitation to evaluate the posters.

According to the procedure adopted earlier our organization informed to Principal and Teachers of selected schools to motivate children on preparation of posters.

It has to be stated that the organization conducted the commemoration relating to the World Water Day yearly especially under the “Green Lane Program” and made extensive arrangements to hold a Poster Competition among school children of Grade 5 studying in the schools of the Western Province of Sri Lanka.

The above occasion commenced with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the following invitees.

 ·         Mrs.Shirani Kalansooriya, Administrative Directress of the Department of Education of Western Province

 ·         Mr.Anura Handunneththi, Chief Instructor of teachers in Art attached to the Department of Education participated on our invitation.

 ·         Dr. Jagath Seneviratne President of Green Cross Sri Lanka.

 ·         A Teacher on behalf of teachers

 ·         A student on behalf of student 

 According to Agenda the Welcome Speech was delivered by Dr. Jagath Seneviratne President of Green Cross Sri Lanka and he welcomed the invitees who were present at the occasion and he also expressed on the importance of the conservation of the environment and water. After the welcome speech Mr.Anura Handunneththi, Chief Instructor of teachers in Art attached to the Department of Education explained to the children on how toprepare a poster according to aesthetic requirement.

The children were given one and one half hours for drawing and coloring own posters under the Team “Water and Sustainable Development” of 2015. During that period the invitees, principals and teachers were entertained by the staff members.

After the lapse of the period given to the students the posters drawn by the competitors were collected by our staff members to be evaluated. 

The list of winners is below

 Places from one to five

 1st Place - W.A.Kavya Sathsarani Veebaduarachchi, Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

 2nd Place - Thevini Nevanya Bogahapitiya - Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

 3rd Place - S.A. Senuja Dilmin - Munidasa Kumarathunga Vidyalaya, Kaduwela

 4th Place - M.L. Sehathna Thilothmi - Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

 5th Place - R.A.Minuri Chamathka Ranasinghe- No.01 Kanishta Vidyalaya, Piliyandala

Special Merit Certificates 

B.K.M. Malshi Nethmini Disarathne

Gothami Kanishta Vidyalaya, Gampha

Methlini Jinethma Ranaweera

Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

P.G. Youni Praveena Siriwardane

Yashodara Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Gampha

K.K. Nilushi Dulanjana Kothalawala

Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

D.D.Wathsari Minasi Sadinsa

Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

P.G. Adithya Kumara Kithulgala

President's College, Homagama

S. Inshiya Kumarasinghe

Yashodara Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Gampha

A.E.Darhsa Tharu Chandi

Dhammanada Vidyalaya, Moronthuduwa

H.G. Hasaru Damsara

Dharmapala Vidayalaya, Pannipitiya

Senudi Sandangana Peris

Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

  Merit Certificates

 

Dasuni Thrimanna Perera

Bandaragama National School, Bandaragama

L. Senuthmi Amarasinghe

Vidyakara Balika Vidyalaya, Maharagama

E.G. Janani Maleesha Gamage

Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

Thamashi Rasanjana Kothalawala

Anula Vidayalaya, Nugegoda

Senuri Rehansa Kodithuwakku Karunarathna

Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

K.A.H. Pamudaka Sandusara Kalubovila

Gothami Kanishta Vidyalaya, Gampha

Dahami Sathya Dissanayaka

Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

P. Oshan Vihanga Gunawardane

President's College, Homagama

K.B. Kimuthu Wethmini Kulathilaka

Sri Bhodi Vidyalaya, Gampha

A.A. Minadi Methumya

Gothami Kanishta Vidyalaya, Gampha

 

Teachers Seminar

The Teacher’s Seminar to educate those who are handling the educational activities of Grade 5 in the selected schools of Colombo, Gampha and Kaluthara under the above program for the eleventh time commencing form 2005 onwards was held on the 30th of May, 2015 from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm at the ground floor of the Green Cross Office Building.

On the invitation extended by the National Organization of Green Cross Sri Lanka a total of 25 teachers attended the Seminar.

 The Resource Persons at the occasion were the following prominent environmentalists of Sri Lanka.

 1)      Ms. Kanchana Weerakoon - The Founder Chairmen of Environment Friendly Voluntary Organization of Sri Lanka.

 2)      Mr. Pandula Adagama – Former Deputy Director of the Central Environment Authority

 According to the agenda of the Seminar the following were present at the occasion and lighted the traditional oil lamp headed by Dr. Jagath Seneviratne Charter President of the National Organization of Green Cross Sri Lanka, Ms. Kanchana Weerakoon, Adviser on International Environmental activities, the first President of Environment Friendly Volunteer  Organization as well as the Adviser on Youth Leaders, Mr. Pandula Adagama, Human Resource person of the former National   Museum as well as the former President of Sri Lanka Arts Council and also one teacher from the participants.

 At the next item of the agenda, Dr. Jagath Seneviratne, President of Green Cross Sri Lanka, welcomed the Resource Persons and the teachers and thanked them for their presence in time to make the occasion a success. During his speech he focused the attention of the participants on the climatic changes that have occurred due to specially the Global Warming. He further Indicated that the Green Cross Organization has been engaged during the last ten years from 2005 and is stepping into the eleventh year in 2015 and the Organization had the opportunity to educate  around of 75000 school children of the Education Department on the value of conservation and protection of the natural environment of Sri Lanka which also possesses   a very rich biodiversity.  He also expressed his appreciation on the valuable information conveyed to the teachers by the Environmentalist on aspects of the environment of the globe and the necessity of the conservation of the water for the entire population of Sri Lanka.

 In this connection he stated that Green Cross Sri Lanka is at present engaged at a village named Pulawala in the dry zone in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.  Finally, he requested the teachers to extend their cooperation to make the project a success in this year by assisting the students who are being exposed to the activities and become winners to undertake trips to Japan and participate at an International Children’s’ Symposium in Tokyo.

While commencing her lecture during the first session Ms. Weerakoon displayed some photographs on the screen on various vegetation’s of Sri Lanka.  She requested the participants to observe the photographs and point out what they could identify in them.

 The participants pointed out the different conditions of the environment visible in the photographs and discussed on same with the speaker for a considerable time.

 While returning to the photographs she started that there are various species in some of the photographs hiding under the leaves that have fallen to the ground. She farther explained that some famers destroy them and it should not be done as the species help the famers in cultivating crops. The speaker touched on the very important aspects such the air we breathe from birth to death and the need to protect the natural air without polluting it with different gases and toxic smoke. In the same way the value of drinking water for all should not be contaminated and should avoid wastage.

Prior to closing the first session, she appreciated the project implemented by the Organization under ‘’Green Lane’’ program among students of primary section of the government schools and that the knowledge gained by them will last throughout their lives.

 The Resource Peron during her second session invited the participants to join her for a field trip at the garden of the building in the first floor and requested them to observe the plants of various kinds and the living species in them. A vast knowledge was gained on the natural environment and about the edible plants used by the people at the homes of a large number of families. After spending about an hour in the garden the field trip ended and the participants returned for the hall for the next lecture. Prior to commencing the next lecture the participants were provided with refreshments.

 The second lecture was delivered by Mr. Pandula Edagama who happens to be a very prominent environmentalist.

 While commencing his lecture he said that he was fortunate to educate the teachers of schools who are handling the “Green Lane” Project of 2015 which was carried out for the eleventh time by Green Cross Sri Lanka. He went on to explain how the former generation of the country adopted natural methods in protecting the environment and how food production was carried out without using imported manure and chemicals as this system destroyed the soil and the harvest in respect of all crops having diminished and depending on imports of even rice. This was self-sufficient in the good old days. He also said that the present day famers are destroying various species of living beings.

Further, explaining on the environment needs of the people, animals, birds, fishes and all species he said about the paramount importance of conservation and protection of the environment for the benefit of the future generations.

He pointed out that the school teachers should organize field trips at least once a week under the Environment subject to observe how various species live in the vegetation and help people even in the paddy fields of the country.

Another important matter pointed out by him was the contribution by the media personnel in newspapers, radio and electronic channels relating to the ecosystem of Sri Lanka with news items which are very valuable. He said that the knowledge gained by them will be very useful in becoming winners at the Green Lane Program and the opportunity to visit Japan in December of each year and spend a few days with the children of Japan.

Finally he requested the teachers to assist the students of Grade V and explain various items on the environmental conservation and protection.

The program on the Teachers’ Seminar ended at 2.00 pm. The participants were provided with lunch on the day and before they left the program certificates were issued by the organization.

Printing and Distribution of books to Schools

According to the initial preparation of the project we collected the statistics on the number of school  children to be participated during this year from the government schools selected from Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Ampare districts.  It was finally estimated to print the 7297 Environment Guide Books and the Diary Books from each after completing the translation from the Japanese Language to the Sinhala Language. In this connection a total of 7252 books will be distributed to the schools and the balance 45 books will be use for sending to Green Cross Japan, Green Cross Australia, Green Cross Korea, Green Cross International, Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka, your corporation and others if any.

On completion of the work by the printer we received a total 7297 printed books from each category on 22nd  July 2015. The staff members of our organization along with others who provided services on a volunteer basis visited all the school in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara and distributed the books on 23rd and 24th  July 2015 to each school the number requested according to the number of students of Grade 5 classes under acknowledgment by the teachers and the relevant schedules are annexed. 

The school children who received the diaries will start writing them from 27th of July 2015 and complete same on the 27th of September 2015 and during the period of writing the diaries the staff members of our organization will visit the schools in the month of September and monitor the work done by the students and clarify any questions raised by the students as well as by the teachers.

Drama Competition

On the  commencement  of the  Programme  the  Traditional  Oil  Lamp  was  lighted by  Dr.  Jagath  Seneviratne  , President  of  Green  Cross  Sri Lanka  followed  by Mr. Wimal Gunarathna, Director of Provincial Education, Western Province, Ms. Ayomi Warnakulasooriya  representative  of  Mitsubishi  Corporation,  Colombo  Branch  who graced  the  occasion  as a  special guest,  Mr. Sahan Ranwela, Ms. Chandani Senevirathne and  Ms. Sriyanai Kalansooriya  ,who  were  present  in their  capacity  as  the  member s of  the  Panel  of  Judges  , teachers  and  by  two  students  on behalf of school  children.

 According to the Agenda of the  programme   Dr. Jagath  Senaviratne , addressing  all  those  present  welcomed  special  invitee, the  members  of the  Panel  of  Judges  ,  the  teachers  and  the  school  children . He stated that the “Green Lane” Project  is  implemented  for the  eleventh year in 2015. Furthermore, Is  stated  the  vasur knowledge  was gained by the  young students  consequent   to the  participation  at the  programme  on the  importance  of the  conservation  and  protection    of  the natural  environment  as well  as  other  aspects  such  as  conservation  of  water  without  wastage and  management  of  household waste.  While  concluding  his  short  speech  Dr. Jagath  Senavirathne  thanked the  officials of Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan and the recommendation made  from  Mitsubishi  Corporation of  Colombo Branch for  grant  of  funds  for  the  successful implementation of this  “Green Lend” Project and  all  those  present  on  the day  which  enabled  the  success  of the  function .

 The  teams  of the drama  completion  were  invited  by the  staff  members  of  the  Project   to  present  their  dramas. 

If  was  also  significant school that  the  dramas  were  presented  according  to the  conditions  intimated  such  as  the  members  of a   drama  limited   to   a total of 05  actors  / actresses  the  duration of a drama limited  to 10 minutes         members  with  an  appropriate  background.

On  completion  of the  presentation  of  dramas  by  all the  schools,  the  Panel  of  Judges  after  consulting   with  each  other submitted  the  following  result  of the  dramas.

 Wining Drams,

·         First Best drama  - Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

·         Second Best drama – Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte

·         Third Best drama – President’s College, Maharagama

 Meritorious Dramas,

·         President’s College, Homagama

 ·         The Best Actor –  P. Oshan Vihaga, Homagama Central College

·         The Best Actress – A.B. Dinithi Arindya, Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

§  The Meritorious Acting,

1.      Heshana Nimsani Perera, Ananda Balika Vidylaya, Kotte

2.      B.L. Kehara Dilini, Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

3.      E.D. Liyanage, Yasodhara Devi Balika Vidyalya, Gampaha

 §  The Best Eco Friendly Theme

 Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

  §  The Best Eco Friendly Background

 ·         Anula Vidyalaya , Nugegoda.

The mementoes, Certificates and gifts will be presented to the above winners at the Award Ceremony to be held in due cause

 Evaluation of written Diaries

The evaluation of all written diaries received are being evaluated by a team of undergraduates of universities at present for selection of one hundred outstanding dairies to be exposed to the next competition on the Speech and Essay contests to be held on 24th October 2015 in the presence for of a Panel of judges for selecting winners numbering four to participated at the International Children’s Symposium at Tokyo, Japan.

 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 organization on the 27th of November 2015 at the premises of the office of Green Cross Sri Lanka at Koswatta from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00  p.m.  The panel of Judges for evaluation of the performance was as follows.

 01.         Mrs.Shirani Kalansooriya, Administrative Directress of the       

 Education Department of Western Province .   

 02.        Mrs. Tharaka Wasalamudali Arachchi, Prominent Announcer and Writer

 03.        Ms. Soma Jayakody, Popular writer of Specially children books.

 The rules and regulations were explained before the commencement  of the contests relating to the speech and essay. The students were summoned for the contest in two batches , one in the morning and the other  in the afternoon .

Award Ceremony

 The National Organization of Green Cross Sri Lanka having accomplished a decade of environmental activities from 2005 onwards for the benefit of the people of Sri Lanka with special emphasis on the school children conducted the Commemorative Ceremony on the 14th of November 2015 at the Auditorium of KAATSU International University, Sri Lanka the Annual Award Ceremony under the “Green Lane” Competition among the school children of selected schools of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara districts.

 The Ceremonies were graced by Hon. Anuradha Jayarathna , Deputy Minister of Environment and Mahawali Developments a as the Chief Invited Guest and Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Former Secretary to His Excellency Former President participated as the Guest of Honor.

A host of under mentioned distinguished invitees also graced the occasion.

 Mr. Wimal Gunarathna, Director of Education, Western Province, Mrs.Shirani Kalansooriya, Administrative Directress of the  Education Department of Western Province, Mrs. Ayomi Warnakulasuriya,  Executive of Business Unit and Ms. Menaka Seneviratne, Secretary of GM , Mitsubishi Corporation, Colombo branch and other eminent invitees of Sri Lanka were also present at the venue.

 The agenda of the ceremonies commenced at 9.00 am and all the invitees were welcomed at the entrance of the hall by Dr. Jagath Seneviratne, President of Green Cross Sri Lanka and they were ushered into the auditorium headed by a group of traditional Kandyan dancers and drummers. Before taking their seats, all the invitees lighted the traditional oil lamps.

According to the next item of the program Dr. Jagath Seneviratne, President of Green Cross Sri Lanka making his welcomed address warmly received the Buddhist dignitaries, viz, Ven. Galagama Dhammaransi Thero, the Advisory Board Member of GCSL for his kind presents at the occasion. Next the conveyed this kind gratitude to the other distinguished invitees who were presence in time to start the program of the day. While referring to the presence of Hon. Anuradha Jayaratne, as the chief invited guest of the program in his capacity as the Deputy Minister of Environment and Mahawali Development he greatly valued these participations at the occasion having accepted his own invitation to make it a memorable occasion of the organization as a very young parliamentarian.

Prior to winding up his  speech he conveyed his gratitude to all the organization of the world to donation of funds  to implement  the Green Lane program from 2005 onwards such as Green Cross Japan, Green Cross International and many other commercial establishments and finally by Mitsubishi corporation of Japan from  on the recommendation of Mitsubishi corporation, Colombo branch headed by Mr. Naoto Honda , General Manager to  be out of the country on the day of the award ceremony while staff member were present on this behalf at the occasion and  handover certificates, gifts and mementoes to the winners of 2015.

 Venerable Galagama Dhammaransi Thero was invited to make his speech in his capacity as the Advisory Board Member of Green Cross Sri Lanka from the inception. During his speech the revered appreciated very much for successfully completing eleven years of environmental activities by a few staff members and pointed out that the media personal who were present at the ceremony should cooperate with the organization on the program development strategies executed even in the future.

Mr. Wimal Gunaratne, Director of Education, Western Province to deliver a short speech and during the speech he valued very much the services carried out under the “Green Lane” program on the district of western province during the last decade and with an acute transparency on the selection of students for the offer of visiting japan to participate at the international children’s’ symposium. He also made a special focus on the activities conducted and stated that the teachers of grade 5 should take a special interest to educate the young children on the paramount importance of the safe guarding the environment of Sri Lanka.

Former Private Secretary of His Excellency  the Former President and the newly appointed Chairperson of the Court of the Kaatsu International University Mr. Lalith Weerathunga was invited to deliver a speech and during his speech he said that he was delighted to note that Hon.Anuradha Jayarathne, the Deputy Minister of Environment and Mahaweli Development has attended the annual award ceremony  on the day in his capacity as Chief Guest invited by Dr.Jagath Senevirathne, Mr.Weerathunga expressed his appreciation relating to the fact that only a very few officers are handing work load of the Green Lane program will dedication and enthusiasm. He also stated that  Sri Lanka need the assistance of the organization to safe guard the island from deteriorating environment consequent to “Global Warming” .

The chief invited guest of the ceremonial occasion Hon.Anuradha Jayarathane was invited to make his speech and he categorically stated that he was very fortunate to get the invitation to be  present at the  memorable occasion among a large number of distinguished  invitees  of Sri Lanka. He also pointed out that he was really happy to work with the newly victories president of Sri Lanka Hon.Maithripala Sirisena who has been recognized as a leading environmentalist of the globe having enormous experience on environmental degradations and emergencies. The deputy minister promised to organize many environmentally friendly  programs in the near future in collaboration with Green Cross Sri Lanka.

The air tickets, to the winners for visiting Japan and teacher as well as Environment Badges, Certificates, Gifts and Mementoes were presented to the recipients by the distinguished invitees.

 In Addition the students who won the trips to Japan from 2005 up to 2014 presented two dance items.

 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. Four Hundred and fifty certificates and gifts to winners at school level

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

6. Participating Certificates to all participants of 2014 program

The ceremony ended with the recital of the National Anthem at 12.00 noon.

Visit to Japan

 On completion of the activities of the program the following team visited Japan from  9th of December 2015 to 14th of December 2015.

Four Students

 1st Place - D.W. DIHINI DILMANI, Bandaragama Central College, Bandaragama

 2nd Place - D.S.P  IMASHI  KAVINDYA, Army School, Panagoda

 3rd Place - K. CHANULI RANDULA SENEVIRATHNE, Dhamapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya,

 4th Place - A.  M.  UDULA  METHSARA, D.S. Senanayaka Vidyalaya, Colombo-08

Teacher          

 Ms. N.V. Mallika of Piliyandala No. 1 Junior School

 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 13th 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 14th  December 2015.

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 2015. 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 2015” by Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan.

The first Herbal Garden was launched at Army School, Panagoda on 02nd of February 2015 with the participation of host of invitees such as the principal, teachers, children and parents.A Main Name Board of “Green Cross Green Herbal School Garden” and Plants name board have 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 Bandaragama National School,Bandaragama was inaugurated on the 08th of February 2016 with participation of the principal, teachers and School children. A Main Name Board of “Green Cross Green Herbal School Garden” and Plants name board have been installed at the location.

 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 D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo-07  was inaugurated on the 10th  of February 2016 with participation of the principal, teachers and School children. A Main Name Board of “Green Cross Green Herbal School Garden” and Plants name board have been installed at the location.

 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.