British School donates 400 spectacles to needy school children

Supports Vision 2020 program


Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, presenting a pair of spectacles to a child

The British School in Colombo joined hands with the Health Ministry in supporting the ‘Vision 2020’, a joint program by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to eliminate avoidable blindness among citizens.

The program headed by the Health Ministry aims to reduce avoidable blindness among the citizens by providing them with free eye care. Since its inception in 2007, the Health Ministry has made significant progress in preventive and curative eye care services in the island under the Vision 2020 program.

The British School in Colombo, a leading educational institution in the country, sponsored 400 pairs of spectacles costing Rs 244,000 as part of their social responsibility initiative.

The donation was made at the school auditorium in Colombo last week in the presence of Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Director General of Health and Dr. John Scarth, the Principal of the British School. 

The Minister addressing the gathering said, "The British School has taken a good decision to help needy children to improve their vision. Being an international school owned by a foreigner and run by foreigners, you have understood the need of the society and I must thank you for the kind gesture".

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