Highest schol awards to migrant worker children
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) awarded
educational scholarships worth an unprecedented Rs. 34.1 million to
migrant worker children during 2011, chairman Kingsley Ranawaka said.
The educational scholarship scheme for migrant worker children was
initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the Labour
Minister from 1994 - 1997.
At its inception 145 children of migrant workers received educational
The programme since then has gone from strength to strength and today
it provides assistance to thousands of migrant worker children annually
who excel in various spheres of education.
According to Ranawaka in 2011, nearly 2,000 children benefited from
the scholarship scheme.