Japanese Peace Ambassadors call on President
- 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
The Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Akio Suda, Education Secretary Tara de
Mel and officials participated in the event.
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Date: March 29, 2005 - 10.30 GMT