After a hiatus of nearly a decade, the Mahapola Education and Trade Fair is set to make a return, from December 13 to 17 at the Ja-ela Municipal Council Stadium.
Minister of Trade, Commerce, and Food Security Nalin Fernando, addressing the revival event at the Galle Face Hotel recently, said that the revived Mahapola Higher Education Trust Fund and Trade Fair National Program aims to endure for a decade, with the ultimate goal of establishing a strong global presence.
Acknowledging the evolving social and economic landscape, the Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Food Security said that the national program would be organised in a new way to address current challenges.
The official launch of the Mahapola Higher Education Trust Fund and Trade Fair’s Facebook page and related website marks a technological stride in promoting the event.
Minister Fernando, who worked closely with the Mahapola Higher education Fund, highlighted the tireless efforts to make Mahapola Exhibitions a success, even walking until his shoe sole was damaged.
Minister Fernando called on everyone to contribute to the success of this rejuvenated national program.
The event promises to bring together education, technology, and entertainment, offering villages an opportunity to adapt to changing market patterns, explore new job opportunities, and engage in entrepreneurship. Founded by the visionary politician and former Minister of Education Lalith Athulathmudali the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund transcends its role as a mere financial aid program.
It embodies a national movement, steadfast in its commitment to advancing education despite economic and social challenges. The inspiration behind Athulathmudali undertaking lies in his life experiences, recognising education as a catalyst for societal progress.
For this special occasion, a group of people, including the Chairman of Sathosa Institute, Pasanda Yapa Abeywardena, Chairman of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) Prof. Harendra Kariyawasam and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Prasad Samarasinghe also participated.