Naga Narendran director IRDG paid a courtesy call to His Excellency and thanked him for his personal and mission's support provided to IRDG in meeting its challenges in the initial formative stages of IRDG. Naga also outlined the progress made by IRDG since the last group meeting with His Excellency and the issues and challenges faced by IRDG.
Naga said "there is a long list of issues that need to be addressed to help the war affected people, but we are pleased they are being addressed now. However, the pace of change is still slow, as it is over 8 years since the end of the war. We recognise that the current administration had much shorter time to address these needs however, we would like the post war recovery of the affected rural villages to be developed rapidly. To this end we need more professional knowledge and support from overseas Sri Lankans. We believe that lack of professional capacity required to address the challenges to be one of the most critical impediments for progress."
Naga also mentioned about a chance meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Hon Mangala Samaraweera and that provided Naga an opportunity to inform the minister that the war affected provinces have peculiar challenges that require special attention. "I was very pleased with the Hon Minister's considered response and his commitment to assist with addressing issues relating to development, particularly the welfare of the most vulnerable".
The Hon Minister of the High Commission Mr Cyril Gunapala expressed his appreciation of IRDGs services to our people and congratulated Naga for having made such scale of progress and offered his help and assistance to connect IRDG with like minded people.
His excellency Skandakumar assured his continued support to IRDG to help address the needs of some of the most vulnerable and introduced a like minded professional Nathan Sooriyakumar who is doing an admirable volunteer service in education in Sri Lanka.
Nathan Kumar is an ICT Coordinator at Tyndale Christian School, NSW, Australia and is the author of "Learning beyond the classroom walls …". Nathan conveyed how traditional schooling does not prepare students for life. It is the responsibility of educators to develop core skills needed for the future job market. How technology can play an important role in developing core skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking and how use of internet and mobile technology can play an important role in unfolding the opportunities in teaching and learning in Sri Lanka. Nathan expressed interest in collaborating with IRDG to help with its mission.