SL born German Senator gives back to his alma mater in Point Pedro
The Old Boys Association of Hartley College (Colombo Branch), Point
Pedro laid the foundation stone for the construction of a school hostel
Hartley College, Point Pedro Principal N. Theivanandarajah
laying the foundation stone for the hostel funded by past
pupil Ian K. Karan.
Former State Minister of
Hamburg, Ian K. Karan.
The project worth Rs 40 million is funded by former State Minister of
Economic Affairs and Labour in the city of Hamburg Senator Ian K. Karan,
who was born in Point Pedro, Sri Lanka. He led a German delegation to
Sri Lanka earlier this year and also visited his alma mater, the Hartley
College, Point Pedro during his tour of the North and East.
“The basis for my career as a businessman and my success in life was
laid at Hartley College and particularly at its Hostel,” said former
Senator Karan. He commended the vision of the Hartley College Old Boys
Association to provide the future generation of pupils with modern
facilities that enables them to excel in their studies.
“I hope the new Hostel will lay the foundation for the success of all
students,” he added. The Acting German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Marja
Einig said that this project was an example of effective
people-to-people cooperation, where an individual or a small group can
directly make a difference. “Despite the 30 year long conflict many
schools in the North have struggled to maintain their high standards of
education. Improving these resilient schools will give opportunities for
many generations of students,” she said.
“It is important to give youth a positive start in life and an
encouraging outlook for the future.”