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    Success in life is not only achieving personal goals but contributing to others well being as well - Defence Secreary ​

    June 28, 2014

    Success in  life is not about career progression or making money nor is it only about effectively achieving personal goals, to be a truly successful person, one must realize that he is a part of a larger society, a culture, and a country, and must contribute towards the well.

    ​ ​being of others as well, said Secretary Defence and Urban Development
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     Gotabaya Rajapaksa speaking at the Graduation Ceremony of Wycherly International School, Colombo last evening (26th June).


    Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa was also present at the event held at the BMICH in Colombo.


    Founded in 1985, Wycherley International School is one of the oldest international schools in the island.


    Adressing the gathering Mr. Rajapaksa said that there are ample of opportunities for the present day youth than before and without restricting to traditional career paths they can be successful in pursuing other avenues as well.


    He urged the young people who have completed their studies and venturing out, to become responsible, patriotic citizens who would identify themselves first and foremost as Sri Lankans and foster this nation which has provided them much.


    He stressed the importance of showcasing local cultural and inherent values to the world and show what it is to be truly Sri Lankan.


    It is good to learn about foreign cultures but we should not let them eclipse our own. While it is important for us to uphold the inherited values and unique cultures of our ethnic and religious communities, we should not allow these bonds to eclipse the even greater unity that we as Sri Lankans should all share. True patriotism puts country first, he added.


    Secretary Defence and Mrs. Rajapaksa presented awards to outstanding achievers during the event.


    Managing Director of the school Prof. Punarjeewa Karunanayake, Principal Kingsly Jayasinghe, Director P Saravanan, distinguished guests, members of the academic staff and parents of the children were present during the occasion. ​ (MoD)​(KH/SI)

    Full Text of the Speech delivered by Secretary Defence at the Graduation Ceremony of Wycherley International School>>

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