133 Commemoration of C.W.W. Kannangara’s birthday, today

 

Father of free education, C.W.W. Kannangara’s 133rd birth date falls today.

The ceremony to commemorate his birthday is to be held the Horana Thakshila Maha Vidyalaya today.

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said in a statement the nation should collectively commemorate C.W.W. Kannangara’s birthday.

Christopher William Wijekoon Kannangara was a Sri Lankan lawyer and politician.

Rising up the ranks of Sri Lanka's movement for independence in the early part of the 20th century, he became the first Minister of Education in the State Council of Ceylon.

C.W.W. Kannangara’s was instrumental in introducing extensive reforms to the country's education system that opened up education to children from all levels of society.

 

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