MOHAMED AZMI THASSIM

Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Riyadh

As patron of Sri Lankan International School, I am very much pleased to place record of my message on the school website.   Sri Lanka International School in Riyadh is an achievement that the Sri Lankan community in KSA can be proud of and it is a symbol of unity where different religions and ethnic groups come together in order to provide education for Sri Lankan students. The School also demonstrates and protects Sri Lankan culture and values. Any institution has a history and the Founders of the School are an integral part of the solid foundation on which the school was developed.  I salute them and all those who followed in guiding and developing the school during the past 29 years to make it the fine institution it is today.

Any institution has a history and the Founders of the School are an integral part of the solid foundation on which the school was developed.  I salute them and all those who followed in guiding and developing the school during the past 29 years to make it the fine institution it is today.

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh has played a very important role from the school’s inception.  Even today the responsibility of the Embassy towards the school has become greater than ever before.

The Sri Lankan government and the Embassy go to great lengths to support them during their initial departure and also during the time they are domiciled in the Kingdom.  However, unlike Sri Lankan expatriates in other countries, they do not reside here permanently but return to Sri Lanka once their term of service is completed. Hence, it is vital that both the Embassy and the Government of Sri Lanka provide as much as possible support for the education of the Sri Lankan children in the Kingdom since they will be returning to Sri Lanka some day and will join the future generation who will be taking our country forward.

I am very aware of the challenges the School is undergoing at present as a whole and personally aware of the issues faced by the Board of Management, the staff, the parents and the students.

The present Board of Management, the parents and the Embassy has taken up the mammoth task of bringing much-needed change and reform to the following aspects – the move to a purpose-built premise, the school curriculum, design of a career guidance and extra-curricular activities and further strengthen linking the school to the Sri Lankan Education system. Our plan is that these reforms will be implemented during 2016 – 2018.

At this point, I also wish to acknowledge the voluntary contributions made by the group of Sri Lankan professionals in the Kingdom towards developing Education for all Sri Lankan children in KSA.

We are also very grateful to the Saudi government and Education authorities for their involvement and cooperation with regard to our Sri Lankan International Schools in the Kingdom.