UAE arm of Rahula OBA develops Olakumbura primary school

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Each Grade at Olakumbura Kanishta Vidyalaya (Junior School) in Deniyaya will have a separate classroom when it reopens for the new school year on 2nd January, 2020 courtesy the UAE arm of the Rahula College OBA, which gifted the school with two new classrooms.

A delegation from the UAE arm of Rahula OBA handed over the new building with the two classrooms to the students and staff at a simple ceremony on 2nd December.

Olakumbura Kanishta Vidyalaya, which opened its doors to learning in 1963 is situated on the Deniyaya - Olukumbura Road, five kilometers from the Deniyaya town. One has to wade across a tributary of the Nilwala River and ascend a rocky pathway to reach the school.

With three National Schools (Deniyaya NS, Kotapola NS and Morawaka NS) 40 minutes away by road Olakumbura KV has only 28 students on roll and a staff of eight.  Principal Kanthi Hettiarachchi said that parents preferred to admit their children to a National School from Grade One itself. Of the four students who sat the Grade Five scholarship examination from Olakumbura KV in 2018, Akash Nethmina obtained 168 marks and gained admission to the Deniyaya National School. Of the four students who sat the examination in 2019 Sanduni Lakmali topped the list with 124 marks. There will be only one student in Grade 5 next year.

Amila Upendra speaking on behalf of the UAE arm of the Rahula Old Boys’ Association said that the 30 association had raised funds in various ways including a book sale during the Sinhala New Year celebrations in the UAE. He added that the association had provided scholarships to 10 deserving students of Rahula College from Grade Five up to their GCE O/L examination and 10 students studying for the GCE Advanced Level examination. In addition they give scholarships to three deserving students who gained admission to the University.

 He said that in addition to supporting Rahula College the association had decided to support deserving schools in Sri Lanka and had selected the remote Olakumbura KV. He said there were others who had contributed towards the association’s initiative to build the two classrooms at Olakumbura KV and the construction had only taken three months.

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