Free Japanese language and culture education to youths
Mathsuri Japanese Language Center in Sithawaka opened by Prime Minister Dinesh Guunawardena and Ambassador of Japan Mizukoshi Hideaki at Sithawaka in Avissawella on Saturday (11).
Mr Hiroyuki Shimotori, Director Shimokikaku co, Ltd. In Japan has established this Center to educate youths in Japanese language and culture to youths free of charge. He also assured that qualified youths would be provided employment in Japan.
Prime Minister Gunawardena expressed confidence that this Center would be highly beneficial to the youths of the entire district. He thanked the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Hiroyuki Shimotori for their initiatives to set up this Center in Sithawaka and also thanked the Labour Minister for providing an unused building belongs to his Ministry for this Japanese Language Center. The building was given to the Center under the government policy to utilize unused government buildings for productive purposes.
Ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki said it was a pleasure for him to see the growing interest among the youths of Sri Lanka to learn Japanese Language. He said that many Japanese companies operating overseas and companies in Japan recruit skilled workers from Sri Lanka and the knowledge of Japanese Language is a prerequisite for those jobs.
Mr Hiroyuki Shimotori said that Japanese and Sri Lankan teachers, with highest Japanese proficiency will be engaged by the Mathsuri Institue to conduct classes. “I am sure, these experienced teachers will be teaching business and practical Japanese to Sri Lankan students who are eager to learn our language to obtain employment opportunities in Japanese companies and corporates,” he said.
The Prime Minister and the Japanese Ambassador said the youths of Sri Lanka with fluency over Japanese Language will also serve as a strong bond to further strengthen the friendly ties and cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka.
Mr Yadamini Gunawardena MP, senior officials of the Embassy of Japan and many dignitaries including educationists and school principles and school children were present at the inauguration.