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Budding Educational Achievers in SLAVF Families Given New Impetus

Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) troops, who throw their full weight behind multiple services, being performed by the Army at national level launched their third award of financial grants to children of SLAVF families during a ceremony at Colombo Bishop College auditorium on Wednesday (23).

Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest at the invitation of Major General Crishantha De Silva, Commander, SLAVF. Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, President, Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB), Mrs Nayana De Silva, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Engineers Seva Vanith Unit, Major General Lawrence Wickramasinghe, Deputy Commandant, SLAVF and a few others were associated with the event as distinguished invitees.

A total of 479 students of SLAVF families from Grade 5 (204), G.C.E (O/L) (241) and G.C.E (A/L) (34) have been selected to receive these SLAVF educational grants, held for the 3rd consecutive year.  

However, a representative group of 84 school-goers of SLAVF families, some of who have made the supreme sacrifice or sustained permanent injuries during the fight against terrorism or those who are still in service, were called on to the stage to receive these grants during Wednesday’s (23) ceremony, in view of time constraints.  

Forty Grade 5 scholarship examination achievers, forty students who excelled in the G.C.E (O/L) examination and four students, selected for university admission, out of 479 recipients in total received these grants as educational assistance for them to continue their studies further from the Chief Guest and a few other distinguished invitees.

Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, awarding those grants to a section of recipients on the occasion wished them good luck and success in the future. Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, Major General Crishantha De Silva, Mrs Nayana De Silva, Major General Lawrence Wickramasinghe, too joined in for award of these educational grants to the students.

Award of grants to the students of SLAVF families commenced three years ago with a view to supporting the families of SLAVF officers and other ranks. The day’s event began after lighting a symbolic oil lamp, presented by a bevy of youngsters soon after the Chief Guest was received.