Students at a primary school in the Moneragala District have moved from a makeshift shelter with a thatched roof to a new purpose-built classroom donated by Ceylinco Life under a long-running community initiative which has benefited more than 80 schools to date, stated a company spokesman.
The first classroom donation for the year by Ceylinco Life which is one of the leading life insurers in the country has benefited the Indikolapelessa Primary School in Sevanagala. The 395 sq.ft building is a valuable addition to the school, which only had three buildings before the new classroom was built. The primary school has 144 students and six teachers and was in dire need of more classroom facilities when Ceylinco Life stepped in to help.
The classroom project for the school was coordinated by the Ceylinco Life Embilipitiya branch and completed between November 2021 and April 2022. The construction work was supplemented by the voluntary labour of the parents of the beneficiary students.
The students of Indikolapelessa Primary School come from families with a farming background and are faced with challenging economic conditions. Ceylinco Life noted that despite the hardships, the students had performed well at the Year 5 scholarship examination in the past years. The company said its aim was to elevate the conditions for learning with this donation, with the hope of contributing towards nurturing future citizens of the country.
Every classroom built by Ceylinco Life over the years continues to be monitored and maintained by the Company to ensure it serves many generations of students. Ceylinco Life said it will continue to identify more schools for buildings to be built in the years ahead.
Commencing with a classroom built for the Tissa Primary School in Lunugamvehera in 2004, Ceylinco Life’s schools infrastructure project has traversed the length and breadth of Sri Lanka, assisting schools in diverse locations such as Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Muttur, Batticaloa, Sittandy, Mollipatana, Ayithyamalai, Embilipitiya, Nivithigala, Beligala, Avissawella, Deniyaya, Kamburupitiya, Bandarawela, Haputale, Rambukkana, Kandy, Pilimatalawa, Madulkele, Rikillagaskada, Rajawella, Matale, Galgamuwa, Padaviya, Boraluwewa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Anamaduwa, Matugama, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Wellawaya, Talawa, Chilaw, Galagedara, Rathkarawwa, Hatton, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Welimada, Puttalam, Polonnaruwa, Matugama, Elpitiya, Kegalle, and now Sevanagala.