Sri Lankan Education Minister. (Source: Bastian Strauch)

The Sri Lankan education minister visits Kindernothilfe — reconciliation through collective learning

(Duisburg, 12 October, 2015) Sri Lankan Education Minister Velusami Radhakrishnan visited the administrative office of Kindernothilfe to talk about the situation of children in the island nation. Radhakrishnan, who has only been in office since the beginning of September, stressed the importance of the work of Kindernothilfe and their local partner organisations for the development of his country and expressed thanks for their long-standing cooperation. "We are delighted with the minister's visit and the recognition of our work”, replied Katrin Weidemann, Chairperson of the Kindernothilfe Executive Board.

Despite the economic upswing since the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka still has alarming figures: Roughly one in five children under the age of five is malnourished. Many children suffer from abuse and sexual exploitation.

Radhakrishnan also stressed the importance of education for the process of reconciliation. "Even today — six years after the end of the civil war — there are not enough schools in the country that are attended by both Singhalese and Tamil children. We intend to change that. We have a great deal of work to do here that we can only accomplish together with strong international partners", Radhakrishnan added.

Kindernothilfe has been active in Sri Lanka since 1975 and is currently supporting ten projects that benefit a total of over 6,000 children. One area of focus of their work is supporting children who have been subject to abuse.


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