GREEN LANE DIARY PROGRAM - 2014
Poster Competition  
 
The above occasion was commemorated by Green Cross Sri Lanka on the 22nd of March. The organization conducted the commemoration relating to the World Water Day yearly, especially under the “Green Lane Program” and held a Poster Competition among children of Grade 5 from  schools of the Western Province of Sri Lanka.
 
In 2014 the Advisory Board decided to change the procedure of the Poster Competition in February to make it more effective and meaningful. Principals and teachers were requested to choose five students of each school from the 5th grade to call over at a specified school in the Western Province on the 22nd of March and to design posters on the theme “Water and Energy”. The children were given one and a half hour to complete the posters. The selected as winners for presentation of certificates, gifts etc with mementoes as well.
Teachers Seminar
The above Teachers’ Seminar was held on the 31st of May 2014 at the office premises at Koswatta, Battaramulla participated by thirty teachers under various subjects on the conservation and protraction of the natural environment of Sri Lanka. The seminar activities were participated by the following invitees.    
  1. Menaka Senaviratne, Secretary to the General Manager, Colombo Branch of Mitsubishi Corporation
  2. Hemamala Withanarachchi, Head of the Nursing Department, Kaatsu International University.
  3. Jagath Senaviratne, President, National Organization of Green Cross Sri Lanka, Senior Lecturer, Japanese Language Unit of Sri Jayewardenepura University and Managing Director of Kaatsu International University
 The followings conducted the lectures,
  1. Mr. Pandula Andagama, Human Resource person of the former National Museum as well as the former President of Sri Lanka Arts Council.
  2. Ms. Kanchana Weerakoon, Adviser on International Environmental activities, the first President of Environment Friendly Volunteer Organization as well as the Adviser on Youth Leaders.
 
Drama Competition
 
The competition of 2014 was held on 04th October 2014 at Sri Jayewardenepura Boy’s School, Kotte.  All schools participating at the Green Lane Programme were requested to present a short drama to depict the need and protection of the conservation of the environment of Sri Lanka.
The Final Results were as follows,
 
Wining Drams,
  • First Best drama – Sri Rahula Balika Vidylaya, Malabe
  • Second Best drama – Wethara Junior School, Wethara
  • Third Best drama – Pannpitiya Dharmapala Vidyalaya
Meritorious Dramas,
  • Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa
  • Bandaragama Central College,Bandaragama.
  • Yasodara Devi Balika Vidyalya, Gampaha
The Best Actor Tharusha Dineth Alwis, Bandaragama Central College,Bandaragama
The Best ActressOshini Pinimuthu, of Yasodhara Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha
 
The Meritorious Acting,
  1. Jehan Perera of Pannipitiya Dharmapala Vidyalaya
  2. Chulani Kokila of Rahula Balika Vidyalaya, Malabe
  3. Cheranga Parami Gunasekara of Gothami Balika Vidyalya, Gampaha
  4. Menaka Deshan of Wethara Junior School, Wethara
  5. Methmi Nimsarani of Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa
The Best Eco Friendly Theme
  • Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte.
The Best Eco Friendly Background
  • Rahula Balika Vidyalaya, Malabe.
The mementos, Certificates and gifts will be presented to the above winners at the Award Ceremony to be held in due cause.
 
Speech and Essay Contest
 
After the evaluation of the diaries, 100 students were selected to the next competition in the Speech and Essay contest. This was organized on the 01st of November 2014 at the premises of the office of Green Cross Sri Lanka.  The panel of Judges for evaluation of the performance was as follows:
  1. Shirani Kalansooriya, Administrative Directress of the  Education Department of Western Province.   
  2. Tharaka `Wasalamudali Arachchi, Prominent Announcer and Writer
  3. Soma Jayakody, Popular writer of children’s books.
                                                
Commemorative Ceremony – Celebration of a Decade of Activities and Award Ceremony
 
 Green Cross Sri Lanka having accomplished a decade of environmental activities conducted the Commemorative Ceremony on the 25th of November 2014 at the National Youth Services Centre, Maharagama along with the Annual Award Ceremony under the “Green Lane” Competition among the school children of selected schools of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara districts.
 
The Ceremonies were graced by Hon. D.M. Jayaratne , Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as the Chief Invited Guest while Hon. Susil Premajayantha Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy and Hon. Bandula Gunawardena Minister of Education participated as the Guest of Honor and the Special Guest Respectively. The distinguished invitees also graced the occasion: Naoto Honda, General Manager of  Mitsubishi Corporation of Colombo Branch along with his staff members Mr.  Devkumar Fernando, Deputy General Manager. Mrs. Ayomi Warnakulasuriya Secretary, Business Unit.
 
Hon. Shoo Iwasaki Director of Asian Region and Board Member, Green Cross International as well as the President of Green Cross  Japan and Mr. Tsunehiko Kawamoto Asst. to the President along with  Japanese educationists and environmentalists. The eminent invitees of Sri Lanka were also present at the venue. The following distinguished invitees, Hon. D.M.  Jayaratne, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Susil Premajayantha Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Hon. Bandula Gunawardena Minister of Education, Hon. Shoo Iwasaki Director of Asian Region and Board Member, Green Cross International (Translated by Dr. Jagath Seneviratne from Japanese to Sinhala) delivered their speeches at the occasion. The summary of the presentation of certificates, mementos and gifts are indicated below,
  1. Five Air Tickets, certificates and gifts to the for winning children and the teacher to visit Japan and December
  2. Six Outstanding Merit Certificates and gifts for excellent performance
  3. Ninety Merit Certificates and gifts for selection on writing satisfactory diaries
  4. Four Hundred and fifty certificates and gifts to winners at school level
  5. 85 certificates and Mementoes to teachers for assisting the program
  6. Participating Certificates to all participants of the 2014 program
On winding up the items of the Ceremonies the vote of thanks was delivered by Rev. Galagama Dhammaransi Thero.
 
Yearly Tour of Japan
 
On completion of the activities of the program the following team visited Japan from  10th Dec.2013 to 15th Dec. 2014.
          
  • 1st Place – P.A.W. VINUMI SANDEERA, Piliyandala No. 1 Junior School, Piliyandala,
  • 2nd Place – S. S. A. AMANDA  IMASHI, Gothami Vidyalaya, Gampaha,
  • 3rd Place – H.A. CHAMUDI  THARUHANSI, Rahula Balika Vidyalaya, Malabe,
  • 4th Place –   H. DINUKA  RAVIDU , Pannipitiya Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya,
  •  Teacher Ms. H.P.K. Subadra Chandrasekara of Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Kotte 
 
The winners of the program who participated at the GCJ Awards ceremony on 13th December successfully interacted with the children of other countries. At the conclusion of the  Awards ceremony, the winners and the teacher were awarded mementos and certificates. They were fortunate to visit Mitsubishi Corporation and meet Hon. Shoo Iwasaki, President of Green Cross Japan.