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Sep 23, 2011 8:17:50 PM - itnnews.lk

The programme mooted in Sri Lanka on behalf of the welfare of the children has earned accolades from the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund.

UNICEF has accepted that Sri Lanka has ranked high in child health nutrition and literacy rate in the South Asian region. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Raima Slahah emphasized that the Sri Lankan Government which took the initiative in this respect deserves their respect and praise.

Mrs. Slahah made these references when First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa who is on an official tour of the United States met her during a visit to the UNICEF Headquarters in New York. The First Lady had lengthy discussions with the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director on child development activities taking place in Sri Lanka and South Asia. She applauded the outstanding leadership given to Sri Lanka by President Rajapaksa. Acclaiming the programmes launched by Sri Lanka to ensure the future security of children, The UNICEF Deputy Head pledged unstinted support to further strengthen this programme. The First Lady apprised her of the Siriliya Saviya, Carlton Suwa Udana and Carlton Pre School Project.