Sri Lanka Telecom, the nation’s integrated communications service provider, in collaboration with the Asia Foundation conducted yet another book distribution programme this year, which was held at the Mahamaya Girls’ School, Kandy recently. This book programme saw the distribution of 1295 books to 37 schools in the Kandy district.
Amongst those present at the event were Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Public Administration, Ms. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena, Chairperson – Sri Lanka Telecom, Ms. Vijitha Ratnayake, Deputy Chief Corporate Officer – Sri Lanka Telecom, Anton Nallathamby, Director – Books for Asia Programme, Gunasena Withana, Chairman – National Book Development Council as well as the Principals of the schools.
This is the 6th consecutive year that Sri Lanka Telecom in collaboration with the Asia Foundation has persisted in its untiring efforts to enhance child, adult and professional education in the island, having embarked on this programme back in the year 2004. The "Spreading the wealth of knowledge" initiative falls under one of Sri Lanka Telecom’s major corporate social responsibility (CSR) themes, which the company has embraced wholeheartedly. Sri Lanka Telecom has been committed to fostering education and this programme allows the Company to play a catalytic role in addressing the needs of primary, secondary, tertiary and professional education sectors in the country.
Under the "Spreading the wealth of knowledge" programme, approximately 120,000 books are distributed each year, on a wide variety of subjects ranging from Science, Geography, Engineering and English Language to Arts and Culture. This year, a total of 130,000 books are planned to be distributed, out of which 73,000 books have already been distributed upto July. This year, through this programme, Sri Lanka Telecom plans to concentrate on reaching rural areas islandwide, especially the North and East.