Rural culture should be strengthened to build a better country - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says it is necessary to strengthen the rural culture yet again to build a better country as well as a better generation.


He made these remarks participating in the ceremony to vest the newly built two-storeyed classroom building at the  Lakshauyana  Primary School in Polonnaruwa, with the students, yesterday (9th Oct.).


The rural culture which was closely associated with the school and temple had been the basis of national unity, and that culture produced highly disciplined citizens, said the President.


The President visited the Lakshauyana area where he was born and raised this morning and visited the  Lakshauyana  Primary School, where he received his primary education, with great enthusiasm.


President Sirisena also participated in the almsgiving held at the school remembering the first settlers of the Lakshauyana village as well as to wish a healthy life for all.


Later, the President unveiling the plaque vested the new building with the students and made an inspection tour.


The President presented awards and certificates to the students who had won All-Island school competitions.


A felicitation memento was presented to the President, to express the gratitude of the students at the Lakshauyana  Primary School and the people of the Lakshauyana village.