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HNB Donates Books To School Libraries

Sep 25, 2010 3:13:18 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Director, HNB, Pamela Cooray handing over a stock of books to Principal, Nadagamuwa Central College, Ekala, Kotugoda, Mr. Lanerolle

Hatton National Bank is continuing to enhance its community development projects. On September 9 the Bank donated books and computers worth over Rs 7.5 million to 159 under privileged schools in the country.
Most of the rural schools lack even the basic facilities. There is, for example, a scarcity of teachers, resulting in poorly developed students. Libraries with a good collection of wide-ranging books will promote self-study and enhance the minds of children.  Wishing to be part of a project that would provide resources that would touch people’s lives and inspire their imagination, learning and creativity and taking a long-term view to aid high literacy, HNB launched the Nena Pubuduwa school library scheme in 2005.
The Nena Pubuduwa programme aims to provide opportunities to under-privileged children in rural schools to enhance knowledge and derive the simple pleasure of exploring the world through books with a special emphasis on stimulating a love of reading and learning in children. It works to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, improve and expand knowledge of English and ICT thus creating opportunities for higher education and employment.
HNB believes in the sustainability of these projects and thus continues to support and facilitate the teaching and learning activities of the school, by adding to the collection of books each year and equipping the libraries with computers.
To date 159 libraries have been set up and maintained by the Bank in under privileged schools.