Refleksi : Srilanka yang mayoritas penduduknya beragama Buddha mempunyai 
sekolah internasional di Arab Saudia.  NKRI yang memiliki Depag, MUI, FPI, MMI, 
SI, JI serta satu juta TKI di sana, apakah juga mempunyai sekolah internasional 
di Arab Saudia? hehehe

Bright Lankan students honored
Amna Ashraff presents a memento to most senior teacher Mohammed Nazeer during 
the function in Riyadh. (AN photo)


Published: Jul 9, 2010 00:14 Updated: Jul 9, 2010 00:19 

RIYADH: Staff, students and parents of the Sri Lankan International School in 
Riyadh celebrated on Monday a night of awards and commendations at the Sitteen 
Palace Hotel.

Twenty-six students, including a dozen girls, received their graduation 
certificates from Sri Lankan Ambassador Ahmed A. Jawad at the ceremony.

"It's really a sad occasion since we are leaving an institution where we 
learned our classroom and moral lessons from our teachers," said Amna Ashraff, 
one of the graduating students, who said she plans to become a doctor, 
"insha-Allah." Ashraff presented a memento to Mohammed Nazeer, the seniormost 
teacher of the institution, in appreciation of his services. "If it were not 
for the teachers we would not have reached this level," said Amna.

Akmal Sameem, one of the other graduating students, said she thinks it's the 
duty of every student to bring honor to the school by advancing his or her 

"I want to do my bachelor's in commerce at a Malaysian university," he said. "I 
would like to be a finance director in some firm."

The ambassador offered his own word of advice to the students.

"Discipline, punctuality, respect for elders and appreciation for a strong work 
ethics by valuing what your parents are going through to make sure you have a 
good future are basic values paramount to future success," said Jawad.

A.L.M. Hashim, chairman of the board of management of the school, said the 
institution - Sri Lanka's first international school - was established on Sept. 
17, 1988 with five teachers and 20 pupils. Since then the numbers have grown to 
75 teachers and 850 students.

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