The LTTE had deprived the children of the North of their rights for 30 years. As such, Minister Bandula Gunawardena has queried as to why this did not draw the attention of any institution.
Addressing a function at Dharmaraja College in Kandy, the Minister said that children of the North who should be afforded the opportunities to pursue their studies were conscripted as child soldiers tying a cyanide capsule on to their necks for political aims. Thousands of children were deployed for the war making them child soldiers. However, no one in the world compiled reports that the children were deprived of their right to education and that their human rights were violated. The Minister emphasized that the President, who eliminated terrorism from the country as the commander in Chief had vested the Education Ministry the task of moulding a lot embedded with moral ethics in his effort to build a new Sri Lanka in which all communities, including the Sinhala, Tamils and Muslims could live in peace and amity.
The Minister was addressing a function organized at Dharmaraja College in Kandy. It was arranged for the handing over of the CD containing the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi song to schools of the Kandy District. The Minister handed over the CD to the Asgiriya Mahanayake, the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera and the Anunayake of the Malwatte Chapter the Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera. Several Parliamentarians were among those who graced the occasion.