Lankan students visit Chinese school
A group of students and teachers from Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya,
Colombo was on a six-day study tour to Beijing, on the invitation of
their partner school in Beijing, No. 80 High School.
The Sri Lankan students participated in many activities organised by
the Chinese school.
The delegation attended classes with the Chinese students, thereby
experienced each other's culture and language.
The Sri Lankan students performed Sri Lankan dances and songs for
Chinese students and teachers giving an insight to the culture and
heritage of Sri Lanka. The delegation visited cultural and tourist
locations in Beijing including the Great Wall, Forbidden City and famous
During the dinner hosted by the Sri Lankan Ambassador Karunathilake
Amunugama said the "Partner School Programme" was initiated with the
intention of enhancing people to people contacts between the two
He expressed confidence that these students will become true
'Friendship Ambassadors' in future. He said arrangements are underway to
link a number of other schools, especially in the rural areas of Sri
Lanka with Chinese schools during this year.
Member of the delegation Sajini Kaushalya said she was happy to visit
Beijing and she made many Chinese friends.
She is highly impressed with the Chinese language and culture. Tian
Zhang of the High School said she was impressed with what she learned
about Sri Lanka, her people and culture.
The two schools were linked as sister schools last October under the
Sister School Partnership Programme initiated by the Sri Lankan Embassy
jointly with the Association for Sri Lanka - China Social and Cultural
Co-operation and the Education Ministry.
Last year, students from Colombo Royal College visited China under
this programme and arrangements are underway to send a group of students
to Sri Lanka in June 2008, from their partner school - Beijing Liu Yi