Our languages are our heritage. We need to think more of our country and languages, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address to the Annual Prize giving Ceremony of Mahinda College, Galle, held on December 3.
World-renowned artists have made their creative work by thinking in their own mother tongue. Nothing innovative is possible if one fails in his mother tongue, he further said.
Students with the best performances in studies, sports and arts received prizes and certificates from the President.
At present, some schools do not have extra-curricular activities such as music, dancing and physical training education. Even when they have, students sometimes tend to deviate from them and stick to education. Extra-curricular activities, however, are very vital to children, he said.
Children need to be made aware that they are essential to the country. The Government is dedicated towards building the country in confrontation with many forces and with the sacrifice of thousands of lives due to this trust in the children, he added.
He appreciated the significant service rendered by the Mahinda College to the country’s education, and recalled that the national anthem was first composed and sung at the Mahinda College.
This event was attended by Chief Minister of the Southern Province Shan Vijayalal Silva, MP Manusha Nanayakkara, Old boys of the Mahinda College, teachers and students.