Attitude matters

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton


Dear Children,

Yesterday, December 3rd was the International Day of People with Disabilities. According to the UN , the observance of this Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The annual observance of the International Day of people with disabilities was proclaimed by the UN in 1992.

The theme for 2014 is Sustainable development: The promise of technology. How can we link this theme with people with disabilities? As the UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon states in his message on the International Day of people with disabilities “ technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools.”

As the international community works to develop an ambitious and inspiring post-2015 development agenda that leaves no-one behind, we must harness the power of technology for development for all, the Secretary-General has emphasized.

We often meet people living with various physical disabilities. We have to admire their courage and willingness to survive. In fact we have to help them in every possible way to get their work done. Never ill-treat them, always treat them with love and compassion. Despite their physical weaknesses they are blessed with many other skills. We should always help them showcase their talents. In your school too there could be one or two students who have such physical disabilities. Never underestimate their work, but recognize their special talents.

Just go through the quote I have shared with you today on this page. We should never make physical disabilities a serious issue. As the retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has quite correctly said the only disability in life is a bad attitude!

Bye for now,


My friend

My friend’s name is Akeeta. She is eight years old. She goes to Ladies’ College. Akeeta is my best friend. Her favourite colour is blue. She likes to eat noodles and likes to drink apple juice. When we were in grade three we were in the same class. Akeeta is fair tall and thin. Akeeta has a baby sister and she is very cute. Akeeta is witty and kind.

Dasha Seneviratne
Ladies’ College

World Thrift Day celebrations by the HNB

The World Thrift Day was celebrated by the HNB Akkaraipattu branch recently. Many competitions were held among the school students of Akkaraipattu to mark this occasion. HNB branch manager A L Sirajudeen presided the event and Regional manager P Jegarajah was the Chief Guest. Those who won the events were felicitated. Pictures by Meera Ismail, Akkaraipattu spl corr.

A dance item by the students of Munawwara Junior College


The annual handicraft exhibition of Matara Children’s Centre

The annual handicraft exhibition of Matara Children’s Centre was held recently at its premises. It was a novel experience to both kids and parents. The exhibition was also witnessed by the Zonal education officers. 


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