斯里兰卡---全称斯里兰卡民主社会主义共和国（The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka），位于印度洋海上，英联邦成员国之一，有“宝石王国”、“印度洋上的明珠”的美称，被马可•波罗认为是最美丽的岛屿。
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean. It was a member of the British Commonwealth, known as “Gem Kingdom” and “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. Marco Polo considered it as the most beautiful island in the world.
8月2日下午4点，“见证友谊”--中外新闻社小记者2016暑期访问斯里兰卡驻华大使馆，莎妮•科丽尼若特尼•卡鲁纳若特尼（Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne)公使热情接待我们，斯里兰卡驻华大使卡鲁那塞纳•科迪图瓦库阁下出席我们的访问活动，并回答小记者们的提问。
At 4pm of August 2nd, “Witness Friendship” --- Home and Abroad News Press 2016 Summer Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Sri Lanka Embassy in China. The Deputy Chief of Mission-Minister Ms. Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne welcomed the delegation in the embassy. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in China H.E. Mr. Karunasena Kodituwakku attended the interview and answered junior journalists’ questions.
“Hello, Mr. Ambassador, we all know that Sri Lanka follows British education system. You have served as the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development in Sri Lanka. In the recent years, Sri Lanka and China have a lot of cooperation in education field, such as cooperative education and so on. Can you share with us some successful cooperation experience between the two countries?” Zhao Xuemeng asked the first question to the Ambassador.
Ambassador Kodituwakku said that here are about 2,500 Sri Lankan students studying in China now. 20% of them were supported by Chinese government or local municipalities, and other 80% were self-supported. They are doing well in their study here. Most of them are in Tianjing and surrounding cities. In Sri Lanka, the education methods are grouped into two main categories, British education and Buddhism education. In the Sri Lankan education system, most of its citizens follow the British education, only a small portion follows Buddhism practice. We also established foreign language programs, including English, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic etc. The higher education in Sri Lanka is free to all students.
A journalist asked: “Sri Lanka is located in Southern Asia, the country is a scenic tropical island in the Indian Ocean. It is known as the "Gem Kingdom" and "the Pearl of the Indian Ocean". "The Cultural Triangle" was named in the World’s Natural Heritage List the UNESCO in 1978. To many Chinese students, Sri Lanka is still a very mysterious country, can you please introduce about Sri Lankan culture?”
Mr. Ambassador said this is a very good question. He introduced to the junior journalists that Sri Lanka has 8 world heritages, including 7 cultural heritages and one natural heritage. The country has incredible sceneries and mystery culture. Junior journalists have to go there and experience in order to feel the charms of Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka has the most holidays in the world. What are the important traditional holidays in Sri Lanka every year? If we want to visit Sri Lanka, when is the best season to travel?” The Ambassador told us that the different holidays are determined by different religions and cultures. Sri Lanka has a variety of ethnic groups, and the government respects to all of them. He proudly said that Sri Lanka is spring-like for all seasons; as a result, you can go and visit there any time you wish.”
After the interview, the junior journalists presented their gifts to the ambassador. As a return, the ambassador especially asked the embassy staffs to prepare delicious Sri Lankan snacks and tea for all delegation members. Sri Lanka is also famous for its national dance that contains its unique culture, religions and customs. Sri Lankan dance teachers showed and taught the delegation the Kandy dance. All junior journalists had so much fun in learning this beautiful dance with their shaking bodies. Once again, we all felt the warmth and joy in the Sri Lankan embassy.
Before leaving the embassy, Ambassador Kodituwakku specially wrote a personal message to all delegation member with his best wishes.