FCCISL Key to the World Program’ to extends its fullest support to the Year of English and ITs

President Mahinda Rajapakse at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat recently, declared the year 2009 as the Year of English and IT. Addressing the gathering he also said that with the liberation of our people from the clutches of terrorism which destroyed the country for more than 25 years, the Year 2009 will also be the country’s Year of Peace, Year of Reconciliation and also the Year of true Independence. This important and timely declaration has brought in much hope for a prosperous future not only among youth but also the general public and the business community as well. Kosala Wickramanayake President of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka handed over a communiqué to President Rajapakse at the launch ceremony, assuring the fullest support of FCCISL to this important initiative though “FCCISL Key to the World Program”

FCCISL launched the Key to the World Program in concurrence with launch of the Year of English and IT. The support extended through the program is two fold. An appeal has been already made to the business community by FCCISL to be a Sponsor of School Program of IT and or English. The response has been very encouraging according to Kosala Wickramanayake. The school/ schools selected to be sponsored can be the choice of the sponsoring company, which may be of business, social and or strategic interests. Under this component business entity could adopt the English /IT program of the school / schools on the choice of the company. It can support the full program/s and or a component as per the company budget allocated for the purpose. The other component is to contribute to the “ FCCISL Key to the World “ Program Fund. This is a fund managed by FCCISL for the project. The contributors to the fund will be notified of the school/ location and the component funded. Minimum donation to the fund would be Rs.100,000/- Cheques to be drawn in favour of FCCISL and crossed A/C Payee only. The contributors also will be invited to participate of specific selected activities under the program. For more information about the program could be obtained by emailing direct to \n This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ” title=”mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it “> This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Government lays emphasis on the unmistakable need to urgently equip the people, especially the youth, with proficiency in the English language on the one side and to provide them with access to computers and internet facilities, through the rapid development of use of information technology, on the other. English and IT will therefore be used by the Government as instruments of rural empowerment; as powerful tools that could make the villages of the country a meaningful part of the global village.

FCCISL strongly believes that this is an ideal opportunity for the business community to join hands with FCCISL and provide youth of this beautiful country “a key to the world” and make Sri Lanka and important stakeholder in the global village.