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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 5.12 GMT

American Corner in Jaffna

 

The US Embassy in Sri Lanka opened the American Corner in Jaffna linking the people of Jaffna with the US. Through digital video conferences, the Jaffna public can now interact with American scholars or business leaders in New York, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C.

The opening of the American Corner is a symbol of our sustained commitment to the people of Jaffna, said U. S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Patricia Butenis at the opening of the American Corner in Jaffna yesterday (24).

You can also connect with a network of universities throughout Sri Lanka and with our American Corners in Kandy, Oluvil, and Colombo, the Ambassador added.

The American Corner will provide facilities to young people via the internet, web casts, and programming to develop their communication and leadership skills. Online databases, English language library collection, regularly scheduled book clubs and film screenings will provide educational and cultural resources to both children and adults.

Expressing her views regarding the long relationship with the people of Jaffna the Ambassador said that American missionaries arrived here in 1813, almost two hundred years ago. They taught English and learned Tamil, founded the first printing press in Jaffna, started the first Tamil language newspaper, and established Sri Lanka’s first medical school.


 


 

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