1988 මම මුලින්ම මගේ ගමේ පක්ෂ ක්රියාකාරීන් මුවගැහුණම ඒ අය මාව අනෙක් අයට හඳුන්වා දුන්නේ ඛේමාගේ කොල්ලා කියලයි. ඒ අය මට කිව්වා, ඒ අයගේ සහයෝගය අවශ්ය නම් අම්මාත් එක්ක එන්න කියල. අදටත් සමහරු ඉන්නවා මාව හඳුන්වන්නෙ ඛේමාගේ කොල්ලා කියල. ඒ ගැන මං ඇත්තටම ආඩම්බර වෙනවා.
‘Children, Worship your parents and teachers. But, do not worship politicians. You do not need to worship them’
ළමයිනි, ඔබේ මව්පියන්ට හා ගුරුවරුන්ට වඳින්න. දේශපාලකයන්ට වඳින්න එපා. එසේ කිරීම අවශ්ය නැහැ.
குழந்தைகளே உங்கள் பெற்றோரையும், ஆசிரியர்களையும் வணங்குங்கள். அரசியல்வாதிகளை வணங்காதீர்கள். அவர்களை நீங்கள் வணங்க வேண்டியதில்லை
Mangala believed Sri Lankan youth should stand tall and proud in the world, and in Mangala’s first budget as Finance Minister he announced his vision for the establishing a programme to foster a cohort of high-potential Sri Lankan youth to access top-tier global opportunities that would endow them with the knowledge and skills to return to Sri Lanka and lead the charge in building the next-generation of public service committed change-agents in state, private and entrepreneurial sectors.
His family and friends hope to fulfill this vision with the establishment of the Samaraweera Scholars programme for select high-achieving OL students from anywhere in the Sri Lanka to receive support for the additional training and study available locally & online in their subjects of choice, mentor-matching with top Sri Lankan, diasporic and Lankan allied advisors; advising support for university selection and application from successful alums and partner institutions, and language training support based on country of application.
The end goal, to increase the chances of Sri Lankan youth receiving admission and merit/need-based scholarship support for their undergraduate careers, and set in place the supports for their success and for their commitment to Sri Lanka, working from afar and then returning to build a globally-thinking, inclusively and and innovatively acting, public serving, proud Sri Lankan future.
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