Young Japanese Peace Ambassadors call on President

[March 29, 2005 - 10.30 GMT]

A Japanese delegation of Peace Ambassadors for the 17th Asia-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday (March 28). Under this student exchange programme a group of children and their adult guardians are in the island. They will live with Sri Lankan families during their stay here and will participate in several projects initiated by the Ministry of Education.

The team of students presented several cultural items, which focused on co-existence. President Kumaratunga presented them with souvenirs and appreciated its goals of promoting international solidarity through student exchange programmes. Kumaratunga thanked Japan for the massive aid given to rebuild Sri Lanka’s economy devastated in the 20-year-old war and by the recent tsunami. The President extended her greetings to the 2005 APCC Convention in Fukuoka.

The APCC assembles in Fukuoka in Japan annually with the objective of propagating peace across the world. This year’s convention will be held from the 13th to the 26th of July. Peace Ambassadors are given the responsibility of setting up their own Club in their respective countries to spread the APCC message of peace and friendship throughout region.

A selected group of Sri Lankan children who were successful in the 5th Standard scholarship scheme will attend the Convention in Japan as peace ambassadors.

The Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Akio Suda, Education Secretary Tara de Mel and officials participated in the event. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: March 29, 2005 - 10.30 GMT

 


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