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Seylan Bank reaches milestone achievement with 150th Pahasara library opening


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Seylan Pahasara, Seylan Bank’s flagship CSR initiative which has transformed many underprivileged school libraries with access to quality education reached milestone achievement with the opening of the 150th Pahasara library at CWW Kannangara Vidyalaya amidst a distinguished gathering. With this endeavour, Seylan Bank has enhanced the infrastructure facilities of the Kannangara library by donating books and computers, enabling the students with the latest downloading facility of E-books along with other interactive learning platforms. The bank has also furnished the library with a multimedia projector providing students to engage with interactive educational and productive learning modes.

Embarked on 1 March 2013, ‘Seylan Pahasara’ project was inaugurated at Anuradhapura when the bank commemorated its 25 years of notable existence, showcasing resilience and living to its promise of ‘Bank with a heart’. Coherently following the forward steps, the 100th milestone of ‘Seylan Pahasara’ library was marked on 29 March 2016 at Weerapuran Appu Model School Moratuwa. Accordingly the journey continued to empower students located across the island with positive feedback received from the Ministry of Education as the project has been delivering real supplementary value tailor made to fill gaps of total quality education of Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the achievement, Seylan Bank PLC Director/CEO Kapila Ariyaratne asserted, “We at Seylan Bank consider ‘Seylan Pahasara’ as a core initiative of the bank’s corporate social responsibility. With this achievement, Seylan Bank has a real business case and a success story to share as a ‘Bank with a Heart’ as it always considers delivering an unmatched services to its customers, with greater emphasis to their businesses and options of progressive development. With Seylan Pahasara, not only we have been able to empower underprivileged libraries with quality education but also transformed the lives of thousands of children, enabling them to evolve with modern technology and latest educational trends. 

Kapila Ariyaratne continued that, “I am happy to mention that while the target is set to reach 250 libraries by year 2019, Seylan Bank has already started focusing on reviving the libraries already completed on rotational basis, which will undoubtedly ensure long term impact of the initiative, sensitising every stakeholder to engage proactively and utilise these facilities far-sightedly to derive benefits in the best interests of students, who are our future and hope.” 

Liaising with zonal and provincial directors of education, Seylan Bank has been able to extend its support to every district of the country thus equip underprivileged school libraries with adequate facilities identifying the need prudently.”

Acknowledging the success of Seylan Pahesara, Assistant Director of Education (Commerce) P.D. Weerasinghe expressed that, “Seylan Bank has chosen the most appropriate initiative to support “Smart Classroom” concept which is the latest development backed by the Ministry of Education that avails every student the proximity to state of the art learning experience aligned to global landscape.”

Seylan Bank’s dream of seeing students excel in their education and becoming productive citizens fortified with greater positive attitudes of which are instrumental resources to align with development map of Sri Lanka is now enabled through ‘Seylan Pahasara’ as Seylan Bank, students, parents, school authorities and authorities of Education Department are put together virtually and fostered to create greater synergy towards a common purpose.

 


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