High Commissioner Her Excellency Zahiya Zareer participated at the function held at Maldives Education and Cultural Centre (MECC) to mark the International Teachers Day.
Speaking at the function held this afternoon, High Commissioner highlighted the importance of teachers and stated that the teachers not only impart knowledge to children in academic areas, but they also engage in instilling skills and play a big role in the character development of children. High Commissioner expressed her appreciation to the Government especially to the Ministry of Education for their continuous support in improving the standard of the Centre. High Commissioner also thanked the hardworking teachers in their efforts and commitment to elevate the standard of the students in a foreign country like Sri Lanka.
During the function, the High Commissioner presented a special token of appreciation to all teachers at MECC. A special cake was also cut to mark the occasion.
MECC conducts Dhivehi, Islam and Quran classes for Maldivian students residing in Sri Lanka. Since inception in March 2014, the centre has registered several hundred students and currently there are more than 400 students in the pre-school, grades and special classes. MECC follows the national curriculum of Maldives and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Maldives and the Department of Public Examinations, the students at MECC can now sit for the Senior Secondary Certificate examination from 2015.
At present, there are 14 teachers teaching at the Centre.
The event was attended by students, their parents, Staff at MECC and staff at High Commission of Maldives.