US helps renovate two Eastern schools | Sunday Observer

US helps renovate two Eastern schools

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz opening a renovated school
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz opening a renovated school

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz opened two renovated schools recently in the Eastern Province, the US embassy said in a release.

About 1,300 students will benefit from the move.

The An-Noor and Kariapper schools were renovated by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), at a cost of over Rs. 170 million (USD 940,000).

Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, MP A. L. M. Nazeer and Preschool Management Committee Chairman at the Provincial Ministry of Education in Trincomalee M.S. Uthumalebbe participated in the ceremony.

“The school renovation projects benefit rural and under-served communities, engage the school administrations as partners, and provide jobs.” said Ambassador Teplitz. “They are evidence of the value the American people place on ensuring young Sri Lankans have a safe and welcoming learning environment.”

The Kariapper schools’ renovation included a new 12-classroom. In addition to 10 renovated classrooms, the An-Noor school received new desks and chairs.

The renovation project also included additional doors, security grills to windows, repairs to electrical fixtures, the installation of a lightning conductor, and refinished walls and floors. Each school received rainwater harvesting systems, handicap-accessible bathrooms, and kitchens to serve displaced persons during times of humanitarian emergency.

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