Paintings by schoolchildren adorn the walls of Mount Lavinia Station

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A project launched by the Mount Lavinia Lions’ Club

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By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   

Mount Lavinia Lions Club with the participation of schoolchildren in the area launched a programme to adorn the walls in the Mount Lavinia railway station with paintings highlighting world peace and communal harmony. During the last two days they had drawn a large number of paintings depicting communal and religious harmony, peace, and cultural relations with other nations.   
Secretary of the Lions’ Club Lion Janadan said the objective of the programme was to give a message to the society on the need to have cordial relations with fellow men, and to inculcate it in school children during their formative years.   


“We had implemented the programme for the first time 26 years ago, with the participation of school children. However it had been stalled for a long time due to terrorist activities that prevented the schoolchildren from participating in team work in public places due to security reasons. The tsunami created several social issues. I am pleased that we have been able to resume the programme with the participation of about 100 children from 15 schools in Ratmalana, Mount Lavinia and Dehiwala areas. Railway officials including Station Master Saman Kumara extended their co-operation. The programme cost the Lions’ Club more than Rs.300,000. A private sector establishment ANIM has provided facilities to the children. The paintings would be selected by a well qualified team and prizes offered to the winners,” he said.   

 

The objective of the programme was to give a message to the society on the need to have cordial relations with fellow men, and to inculcate it in school children during their formative years


President of the Lions’ Club District 306-A Mount Lavinia Branch Rasika De Alwis said that the Jaffna bound Yal Devi starts from Mount Lavinia, which is also a tourist destination where different communities meet and that the paintings at Mount Lavinia railway station highlighting world peace and communal and religious harmony would be of great significance.   


Station Master Saman Kumara said the programme was implemented with the approval of the Railways Department.   

 

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