• #163, Kirulapone Avenue, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka
  • +94 112 51 5759


Reading makes man knowledgeable and disciplined – President

He news 2017 9 7President Maithripala Sirisena says reading makes man knowledgeable and disciplined.


The President was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the program ‘Kalana Mithuru– Poth Sumithuru’, implemented to increase the interest for reading among students. The ceremony was held yesterday (6th Sept.) at the President’s House, Colombo.

The program was organized by the Development and Special Projects Unit of the Presidential Secretariat, in line with the national reading month. The objective of the project is to build balanced children and nurture them with knowledge.

Under the first phase of this project, 2,820 schools with Advanced Level classes island-wide will be facilitated. Accordingly,  bundle of books written in Sinhala, Tamil and English medium was distributed among those schools. A program is being implemented in parallel to this, to promote  children's interest in reading by holding competitions island-wide.

The President further said that at present the interest in reading have been diminished among the children as well as adults. The President pointed out that the modern technology and the influence of Facebook and the social media have caused this decline. He also said that all must commit to build a society which is well-disciplined and have a high sense of literature.

The department assists media in a macro level in welfare, training, policy planning and accreditation, and providing easy access to Government news and information.