The Foundation of Goodness (FoG) is pleased that one of the schools it has been supporting for many years, has won recognition in the region.
The principal of Dombagoda MV is awarded
3rd best principal in the southern province
The Foundation is doubly pleased that the principal of the school Mr. Uplai Senanayaka, has written an official letter of thanks in appreciation of the Foundation’s help and support to the school, throughout the years.
Dombagoda Maha Vidayalaya is located in Tittagama in the south of the island. Tittagama is about 8 km off Ahangama, one of the first coastal towns one would pass after leaving Galle enroute towards Matara.
Dombagoda MV teaches upto A/Level standard
Opened on 1st September 1936 Dombagoda MV currently has 310 students studying there. Since 2004 the school has been continuously improved at a momentum it had never witnessed before.
The new sports pavilion and fully equipped
home science room
From a fully equipped home science room to a new sports pavilion & new equipment for the sport unit and a toilet block for the primary school, the Foundation of Goodness (FoG) has been happy to help this rural school develop so that children in this area can benefit from facilities that are today considered ‘standard’ in schools in the city and urban areas.
The equipped computer room and
new books for the library
This was not all. The Foundation of Goodness (FoG) has also provided scholarships for certain Ordinary Level students, provided new informs for year one students since 2004 and has also paid the salaries of teachers for art, music and computers also since 2004.
The Foundation of Goodness (FoG) also donated computer units to equip the schools computer room, provided new equipment to the school’s science laboratory, provided the library with essential books for Advanced Level students and provided essential school items for years two and three.
The Dombagoda Mv is today a much sought after school in the region.
Mr. Uplai Senanayaka the proud principal of Dombagoda MV is short of words to express how this school has grown. He too has put in a lot of hard work to ensure the school improves and develops.
The certificate for 3rd best principal
in the southern province
Recently, owing to hard work and effort, he was awarded 3rd place in the category for principals at the ‘Southern Province Teacher Awards 2008’ held at the town hall in Galle. He received his certificate from the chief minister of the southern province Mr. Shan Wijayalal.
Almost immediately he wrote to the Foundation of Goodness (FoG) in thanks and appreciation for the support to the school. “This award was as a result of your cost free assistance to us over the past so many years” Mr. Senanayake says in his letter.
Education - the way forward
This is not the first school the Foundation of Goodness has been involved with. In addition to operating Lahiru Preschool, which is one of the Foundation’s thirty management sectors, the Foundation has been assisting a number of other rural schools especially with uniforms, shoes and other essential school items in preparation for the 2009 new school term.
Commenting on the Foundation of Goodness (FoG) involvement with schools, its founder/trustee Kushil Gunasekera said “the Dombagoda MV principal deserves this special recognition for being very dynamic, persuasive and committees to uplifting his school and thereby the quality of education provided. The Foundation of Goodness has been very pleased to collaborate - through kind worldwide donor network, in supporting yet another rural school elevate its standards for the future wellbeing of the children that attend. He reminds me of never wanting to give up in making his school succeed, by improving the infrastructure and constantly communicating with us to give the progress which makes anyone wanting to help very encouraging. This would not have been possible if not for the tsunami funding since lots of the children in the vicinity were affected by the tragedy.”
“Optimism is essential to achievement
and it is also the foundation of courage
and true progress.”
- Lloyd Alexander