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The CSR Trust of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon has donated 134 multi-function laser printers with fax capability to schools that participated in the Mother Sri Lanka Trust’s ‘Project RUN’ in 2013, making yet another contribution to Sri Lanka’s education sector.
The recipients of these printers are the winning schools from 1,000 schools selected for the National Schools Programme by the Ministry of Education and the 950 schools where Mother Sri Lanka clubs are already in operation.
The presentation of these printers took place during the Project RUN ceremony at the Sugathadasa Stadium, at which His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest.
Project RUN takes its name from the three elements it seeks to promote -- Responsible citizenship,Unity, and National pride. It is a unique concept where children are encouraged to come up with their own projects, form teams, appoint leaders and find the finances for their projects under the guidance of the MotherSri Lanka Trust.
Besides its contribution to Project RUN, Commercial Bank’s CSR Trust also recently donated three language laboratories equipped with computers, software and Internet connectivity to three schools chosen to implement the pilot project of the TESS (The English Speaking School) initiative planned and coordinated by the Presidential Initiative, ‘English as a Life Skill’ in association with the Presidential Programmes Unit (PPU) of the Ministry of Education. This initiative was formally launched on 4th March 2014.
The three schools that received these fully-equipped language laboratories are Prince of Wales College and Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa and MahindaRajapaksa College, Pitipana.Schools that intend enlisting in TESS have to fulfil the criteria of having a computer-aided language or IT lab for teaching languages and a pool of English language teachers.
The TESS initiative seeks to mobilise Sri Lanka’s own technical expertise supported by innovative and appropriate ICT software which enables English teachers to upload lessons and other teaching materials in conformity with the approved syllabi.The initiative was unveiled by Education Minister Honourable Bandula Gunawardena and Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was the Chief Guest at its ceremonial launch at the BMICH.
Commercial Bank’s on-going commitments to the education sector in Sri Lanka include three nationally-scaled programmes designed and implemented by the Bank – the donation of IT laboratories to schools, the annual presentation of scholarships and laptops to undergraduates and a programme to promote English literacy among rural children. These programmes have cumulatively benefitted more than 125,000 children and young adults to date, and continue to evolve and grow in scope and reach.
The largest private bank in Sri Lanka and the only Sri Lankan Bank to be listed three years consecutively among the world’s Top 1,000 Banks, Commercial Bank operates a network of 235 branches and a network of 585 ATMs in Sri Lanka. The Bank has won multiple awards as the country’s best bank over several years.
Mr.Hasrath Munasinghe, Deputy General Manager Marketing of Commercial Bank hands over a token certificate for a printer to students of one of the winning schools. Secretary to Ministry of Education Mr. Anura Dissanayake and Executive Committee Member of Mother Sri Lanka Mr. MangalaYapa are also in the picture.