Recognizing the value of fostering access to education in rural communities, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) recently completed a library donation project at the Diganegama Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura.
Diganegama Vidyalaya, established in 1954, plays a vital role in delivering learning opportunities to over 100 children spread across grades 1 to 11 in the rural village of Diganegama located in the Anuradhapura District. Access to sound facilities and resources concerning early childhood education, primary and post primary education remains a key challenge for the school.
The school was identified by the CSE as a potential beneficiary of its Corporate Social Responsibility project, and the exchange has since embarked on an initiative to donate a library facility for the benefit of the students.The library was provided with new furniture, literature and other resources to facilitate a comfortable learning environment for students.
Despite many challenges, the school has been remarkably successful in maintaining an 80% pass rate in the local G.C.E (Ordinary Level) Examination over the years. The school was also awarded as the best eco-friendly school in North Central Province in the year 2012.
Such success could be credited to the priceless contribution and dedication of the School’s Principal and 12 teachers, who have been instrumental in inspiring students and families to commit to education despite the many challenges.
Commenting on the initiative, Rajeeva Bandaranaike, CEO of CSE stated “We are pleased to have been able to identify and address what was a shortage of a basic facility at the school. Through our projects connected to education, the CSE attempts to play our part with relation to providing access to education to communities that need it the most.”
The CSE Anuradhapura Branch will continue to monitor the progress of the children, the facilities and identify new ways through which the CSE could support the livelihood of the community.