President Rajapaksa has vested in the children, the Uva–North Friendship school building. The building of the Tamil Vidyalaya at Navalar in Kopai was constructed with the contribution of the Uva Provincial Council and the people of Uva.The Kopai Navalar Tamil Vidyalaya was founded by Arumugam Navalar, a Tamil leader of the freedom struggle. Its history dates back to 125 years. President Rajapaksa declared open the Uva–North Friendship new building of this school. The work was launched by Uva Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa in November last year. A notable feature was the completion of its construction by the 511th Division in a short span of eight months. The building has all facilities including an office for the Principal as well as seven class rooms.Principal S. Vakeesan and the staff extended a warm welcome to the President. He unveiled the plaque of the building after securing blessings of the Kovil located within the school premises. The President joined in viewing a cultural pageant of the school children staged in the school hall.Giving her views on the occasion, Principal Vakeesan expressed her gratitude to the President for visiting such a school. She said the children were pursuing their studies without any obstacles due to the dawn of peace and prosperity in the North. Pointing out that they will never forget throughout their lives the peace they now enjoy, Mrs. Vakeesan highly acclaimed the President for his initiatives to establish the Sinhala Tamil friendship. She also presented a memento to the President.Northern Governor G.A. Chandrasiri presented souvenirs to the President, Northern Governor Nanda Mathew, Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Jaffna Commanding Officer Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe and Brig. Keerthi Costa of the 511th Division for shouldering this task. Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Douglas Devananda and Gunaratne Weerakoon and Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena were present.