The subjects of `Gerontology’, a scientific study of old age and the process of ageing of old people and `Geriatric’ a subject related to the medical science dealing with the health of old people were highlighted at a seminar, conducted by HelpAge Sri Lanka (HASL) at Sinhala Maha Vidyalaya, Trincomalee.
The seminar was conducted under the theme ‘Caring for elders and create an environment for them to live with dignity” under the guidance of Ministry of Education in collaboration with HelpAge International, UK through the Sponsor a Grandparent Programme (SaG ).
Over 100 school principals and zonal education directors in Trincomalee District attended.
HelpAge , Programme Manager Chaminda de Silva highlighted the importance of caring for elderly people without neglecting them.
He requested everybody to keep elders within their family circle without sending them to elders’ homes.
He said that even the former United Nations Consultant Joseph Charmain said 60 per cent of the grandparents in European countries are treated with love and care.
” Keeping in line with the cultural background in Sri Lanka, HelpAge does not promote `Elders Homes’ concept and requested children not to isolate their elders” he said.
He said HelpAge has also urged United Nations (UN) to initiate a `Convention to safeguard the interest of elders’ in order to strengthen their health, rights, requirements and the much needed protection.
HelpAge , Youth Education Director G.C. Mendis explained the significance of conducting programmes for principals and requested them to pass this message to school children since it is their duty to look after elders without making any discrimination to this needy sector.
He quoted the British philosopher Bertrand Russell “without moral values, mankind has no future” and also highlighted that even world famous characters did not isolate elders until their demise.
Director Mendis also mentioned that children should realize that one day we all become old and everybody likes to spend their evening session with their loved ones.
HelpAge , Executive Director Samantha Liyanawaduge highlighted that HelpAge was established three decades ago to look into the welfare of less-privileged elders and said HelpAge Eye Hospital, Wellawatta performs free cataract surgeries to this vulnerable sector and also provides them with free disability equipment.
Trincomalee Zonal Education Department , Director S. Sritharan highly valued the seminar and said it was the duty and responsibility of school principals and teachers to enlighten the minds of younger generation towards respecting and caring for elders.
CBSL and IFC launch National Financial Inclusion Strategy
Sri Lanka’s first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) aunched recently, aims to make financial services more accessible, efficient, and affordable for all households and businesses in the country.
The NFIS is a joint effort led by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka—with technical and financial assistance from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group—under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work program. The development of this strategy was a multi-stakeholder effort supported by the government of Sri Lanka.
“The National Financial Inclusion Strategy symbolizes our country’s commitment towards a better and inclusive Sri Lanka that will benefit all individuals and enterprises. I believe this strategy will complement the Government’s efforts to minimize the provincial income disparities, urban-rural inequalities, and to promote inclusive growth,” said Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
“More importantly, this strategy prioritizes future generations, having identified financial literacy as a key pillar. The proposal to strengthen the national curriculum in this area is a positive step. Investing in the education of our younger generation is the most significant investment we can make as a nation, as this will be a particularly helpful approach to the systematic correction of the financial habits of Sri Lankans,” the Prime Minister said.
HNB – Havelock City partnership offers exclusive Ezy Pay Home Loans facility
HNB PLC has partnered with Havelock City mixed-use development project to offer prospective homeowners of state-ofthe-art luxury apartments in Stratford and Melford Towers (Phase 3 – COC certified) and Peterson and Edmonton Towers (Phase 4) with the exclusive Ezy Pay Home Loans facility.
The partnership is set to offer customers the unprecedented opportunity to make a payment of only 20% and immediately occupy the limited units available in Phase 3 of the project or invest in apartments available in Phase 4, scheduled to be completed by May 2021. Further, Havelock City will take on the customer’s interest payment for one year.
“We have witnessed an increase in the demand for apartments and are aware that there is a limited stock of units available in the heart of Colombo. Therefore, we hope that this partnership with Havelock City will offer our customers looking to invest in a home of their own the facility to either move into an apartment immediately or invest in a home of their dreams,” HNB Head of Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama said.
Prospective homeowners can make use the bank’s flexible repayment options, such as the Step-up facility, which offers a repayment option in line with the customers evolving income. Customers can also obtain a maximum repayment period of 25 years for the loan facility for an attractive interest rate starting from just 7%.
DPL lends a hand to children in Monaragala Rubber Farming Communities
As part of its ongoing efforts to empower and uplift the livelihood of its farmer co-operative societies, Dipped Products PLC (DPL) distributed school bags to the children of 1,500 smallholder rubber farmers for the 10th consecutive year, under its flagship Firstlight CSR project.
This year’s distribution recorded the largest donation of school bags, which was nearly a two-fold increase from the previous year, bringing the total value of the distribution up to nearly Rs. 1 million.
Taking place at the Pinwatta Bodimalu Viharaya in Medagama, Monaragala, this latest distribution marks the Company’s continued efforts to support the smallholder rubber farming communities, by ensuring that their essential needs are looked after.
“Especially in this time of economic uncertainty, with the nation facing significant challenges and hardships, it is truly touching to see the positive impact which we continue to have on the underprivileged smallholder rubber farming communities. We believe that programmes like Firstlight hold the key to enhancing the livelihoods of our 1500-strong rubber farmers, providing them with an improved quality of life, whilst paving the way to open up new opportunities and a brighter future. This is why, with the enthusiastic response we have received over the years, we have now also expanded this school bag distribution to include the District of Kegalle,” Dipped Products Deputy Managing Director, Pushpika Janadheera said.
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