Wetland Conservation Programme for School Children
As a part of a continuing joint programee with Sampath Bank and The Business Bio diversity Sri Lanka two school programmes to were held on conserving the Bolgoda wetland complex on 28th June 2016 in Dharmaraja Vidyalaya (DV), Piliyandala and Sir John Kothalawela Vidyalaya (SJKV), Piliyandala , where most of the students are residing in the watershed of the wetland. All of them, their family members and school mates are somehow or other are or can become stakeholders of this wetland conservation.
The structure of this awareness programmes was focused on active learning through interactive sessions including presentations, discussions, question and answer session etc. Panel of resource persons were Prof. Deepthi Wickramsinghe, Eng. Badra Kamaladasa, Dr. Missaka Hettiarachchi and Ms. Chethika Gunasiri. Ms. Sherani Ruberu from Sri Lanka Biodiversity and Mr Thusitha Peiris from Sampath Bank too attended this event.

SLWP distributed an information leaflet on wetlands and “Water Messenger” badges to students. As the final activity at each programme, the students were given a chance to express their knowledge about wetlands and its conservation, using their creative abilities in poetry, art and essay writing. This was carried out by individual students as well as groups and interestingly students came out with excellent poems, posters and essays. 117 and 60 students participated in both schools respectively.
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