Written by Tharushan Fernando
10 Jul, 2015 | 8:23 pm
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo on July 10 requested that President Maithripala Sirisena get involved with religious institutions to uplift the education sector of the country.
St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, which is the first Catholic institute of education in the archdiocese of Colombo, proudly celebrated her sesquicentennial College Day or the 150th Anniversary under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena. The school is also the oldest Roman Catholic school in the country.
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith stated that when he went to school, he had to walk for half a kilometre with my books in hand but that today children travel to school by a van. He said no one told them that we need to attend tuition classes to face the examination and even their parents did not say that they need to obtain eight Distinctions or four As. He noted that he did not obtain eight Distinctions but had an F in his list.
He added that when he called on His Holiness the Pope, he had been asked about Sri Lanka’s President. His Eminence said he told the Pope that the President was a very simple individual. He said the Pope had told him that he wishes to be the same, noting that President Sirisena is an example to His Holiness the Pope as well.
The president stated that whenever he receives invitations to attend an event as president, priority is given to the events that take place at schools so he can see the innocent children, listen to their voices, inquire into their concerns, and support and sponsor the aspiration they have for the future.
The president noted there is the blessing of the technological world to convert masses in to good persons in world, where everything is moving fast. He added that on the other hand, technology has also become a serious challenge.
A stamp and first-day cover marking the 150th College Day of St. Benedict’s College, Colombo was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at the event. The president also planted a tree sapling at the school quadrangle premises to mark the occasion.
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