Sri Lanka & The Royal College of Sri Lanka


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Sri Lanka & The Royal College of Sri Lanka

  1. 1. 1 La Repubblica socialista democratica dello Sri Lanka The Democratic Socialist Republic of
  2. 2. 2 Sri Lanka
  3. 3. 3 Agenda  Our Country  Our School  Our country’s status in respect to the theme – Food Miles – Genetically Modified Organisms – Human Water use
  4. 4. 4 Sri Lankan National Symbols The Coat of Arms The National Bird The jungle Fowl The National Tree The Na Tree The National Flag The National Animal The Giant Squirrel The National Flower The Blue Lotus The National Gem Stone The Blue Sapphire The National Sport – Volley Ball
  5. 5. 5 Sri Lanka  An Island in the Indian Ocean - south of India  Known as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and “The Granary of the East” since ancient times. Was also known as Ceylon, Seylan, Zeelan, Ceilao, Serendib and Taprobane.  Multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation  A Rich Cultural Heritage (over 2500 years)  Over two thousand years ruled by local kings  Has a progressive and modern industrial economy
  6. 6. 6 Pidurutalagala 2,524 m Highest point 1,340 km Coastline 65,610 sq km Area 92.8 % (2005 estimate)Literacy rate 19 deaths per 1,000 live births (2007 estimate) Infant mortality rate 74.8 years (2007 estimate)Life expectancy Buddhist, 69 % Hindu, 15 percent Christian, 8 percent Chief religious affiliations SinhalaOfficial language Colombo Sri Jayawardena pura Kotte Business Capital Administration Capital 79% (2005 estimate)Rural population distribution 21% (2005 estimate)Urban population distribution 323 persons per sq km (2007 estimate) Population density 20 million (2007 estimate)Population
  7. 7. 7 Our country is internationally recognized for…  Tea  Garment Industry  Gems  Tourism – Sandy Beaches with sunlight through out the year – Mountains & Waterfalls – Sanctuaries – Ruins of Ancient Kingdoms (more than 2000 years old architecture and irrigation schemes) – Tropical Forests – Cultural pageants such as Kandy Perahera (Procession)  Coconut, Rubber, Spices, Fruits, Coffee
  8. 8. 8 It is also famous for …  Cricket and other international sports
  9. 9. 9 Muttiah Muralitharan Arjuna Ranathunga 1996 Cricket World Cup Sanath Jayasuriya Susanthika Jayasinghe Few of many Sportmen who have brought fame to Sri Lanka in the recent past Ranjan Madugalle Ex Sri Lankan cricket captain, Present Chief Referee ICC
  10. 10. 10 Some Tourist Attractions of Sri Lanka Ruins of the City of Anuradhapura
  11. 11. 11 Some Tourist Attractions of Sri Lanka Ruins of the City of Polonnaruwa
  12. 12. 12 Some Tourist Attractions of Sri Lanka Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  13. 13. 13 Some Tourist Attractions of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  14. 14. 14 Some Tourist Attractions of Sri Lanka Few of our many beautiful water falls
  15. 15. 15 A Glimpse at Sri Lankan Dancing
  16. 16. 16 A Glimpse at Sri Lankan Festivals
  17. 17. 17 A Glimpse at Sri Lankan Dancing
  18. 18. 18 A Glimpse at Sri Lankan Painting
  19. 19. 19 Our School The Royal College of Sri Lanka
  20. 20. 20 • Situated at the capital of Sri Lanka; Colombo • Was founded in January 1835 • The oldest and the leading national school in Sri Lanka being 173 years • A Boys’ School with 8300 students & 400 teaching staff and is the biggest school in Asia in respect to student population. • Provides both primary and secondary education in 13 years of school life (from grades 1 -13 ages 5 to 18). • Classes in three mediums - Sinhala, Tamil & English The Royal College of Sri Lanka
  21. 21. 21 The Royal College of Sri Lanka • Facilitate many extra curricular activities – Has about 60 clubs and societies – 36 games • Has produced many distinguished personalities: – Kings, Sultans, Princes, Presidents, Prime Ministers, countless number of Professionals. Sportsmen, Entrepreneurs . • The school is built and nurtured with traditions and customs, which contributes to its position.
  22. 22. 22 Our School Motto Motto : - “Disce Aut Discede” Learn or Depart / Impari o parta
  23. 23. 23 The Stamp issued in recognition to the Second Oldest Cricket match in the World. The Royal College Stamp The Royal College Stamp
  24. 24. 24 Our School Logo
  25. 25. 25 Our School Flag
  26. 26. 26 Our School Mates
  27. 27. 27 Primary Pupils
  28. 28. 28 The Prestigious College Main Hall
  29. 29. 29 The Agriculture Areas - Vegetables
  30. 30. 30 • Since British rule Considerable dependency on Imported Foods • Local Food – Transportation to Cities • Limited Space in Home Gardens • Though the government had tried to implement new technology to increase productivity in limited space, people have not yet understood the necessity. Food Miles Food Miles – Our Current Situation
  31. 31. 31 • Concerned on Environmental Pollution • Understand the effect of Transportation on Environment • Not Approached the Concept of Food Miles • Embarked a massive Agricultural Development Programme • For Health Reasons Started Interest on Home Grown Vegetables & Fruits Food Miles Food Miles – Government Policy
  32. 32. 32 • Pre Colonial Era – Self Sufficiency in all aspect like Food. – Tropical Country with two monsoons and inter monsoon rains – Very rich soil – Possible to cultivate through out the year – Developed Irrigation Scheme from ancient times – Sri Lanka is an island : Famous for Prawns, Crabs, Fish – Many reservoirs, lakes, rivers – Patronage of Kings for development of irrigation and agriculture • Colonial Era – Concentrated on Commercial Crops and started dependency on Imported food. Deterioration of subsistence agriculture. – Spices – Tea, Rubber, Coconut, Coffee. Changes in the Economic Pattern Food Miles
  33. 33. 33 Other Factors for dependence on Foreign Food • From 1977 Liberalized Markets (Open Economy Policy) • Many Sri Lankans work abroad • Many Sri Lankans receive their tertiary education in Foreign Countries • To promote Tourism Foreign Food is available in Sri Lankan Hotels • Foreign foods are available in Super Markets for Foreigners working in Sri Lanka • To reduce prices in local Markets some food items are imported • Trade Agreements among countries • Low participation of Government in Trade Food Miles – Sri Lanka’s Situtation Food Miles
  34. 34. 34 • Changes in Life Style – Females engaged in full time employment is getting increased • Popularization of Super Markets for Convenience • Most Business Operations and Administrative Activities confined to Colombo and a few main cities – limited space in home gardens • Agriculture taking place in rural areas • Fishing from Coastal areas • To maintain Quality Centralized Purchasing in Super Markets Food Miles Local Food Traveling Long Distances
  35. 35. 35 • Sri Lanka currently use GM versions of Paddy and a limited number of food items but its not widely used due to negative views of the society. • Genetic modification in cattle and goats to a certain limit but certain environmentalists display strong opposition towards genetics, but there is no scientific base behind this, so we hope it does not stay long. • Good results have been obtained from genetic modified rice and certain tropical fruits for export, as well as the GM cattle embryos imported from Australia. • The destruction of certain crops in the hill country due to a “super pest” have left a negative imprint on the minds of local farmers. • It is to hoped, in time, successes we meet will erase the “black marks” from our people. Genetically Modified Organisms
  36. 36. 36 • A country blessed with an abundant supply of water. • 103 main rivers flowing radially to all side as well as countless lakes and springs provide enough water for agriculture as well as other purposes. • 40% of the generated electricity is hydro power. • Unfortunately, had not understood the value of water till recent times. • Have not faced a water scarcity in the past but taking steps to face for the future • There are public pipes fitted in nearly all places in all cities, which give free water supply to all. • Village and rural areas get water supply directly from the rivers, tanks, reservoirs & lakes. Since there is plenty of water resource, Sri Lanka has never faced serious water issues. • Approximately 80% of the water is used in agriculture irrigation. • 40% of the electricity is produced using water. Human Water Use
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