The Central Environmental Authority organized the 16th Environment Pioneer National Camp from 20th to 23rd December, 2023 at the National Institute of Education (NIE),Maharagama under the National Environmental Pioneer Program which has been implemented in the school system of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Ministry of Education.
Nearly 300 participants including environmentalists, Environmental Pioneers, teachers participated in this national camp. The opening ceremony of the National Camp was held on 21st December at 8.30 am under the patronage of Mr. Venura Fernando, Chairman, Central Environment Authority, Mr. HemanthaJayasinghe,Director General, Central Environment Authority and Prof. Prasad Sethunga, Director General, National Institute of Education. Moreover, Additional Secretaries of Ministry of Environment, Deputy Director Generals of the Central Environmental Authority, Mr. RanjithPadmasiri DDG, NIE, officials of other government and private sector organizations and media personnel were participated in this event.
211 Environmental Pioneers who won gold medals from 61 schools in 16 districts of 8 provinces who displayed special talents in this event.Innovation exhibition, environmental pioneers' cultural event, practical activity on handicrafts and many activities including environmental field trips held for the environmental pioneers at the Environmental Pioneer National Camp. Environmental pioneers took part in this four-day workshop with the common goal of protecting the environment as the primary focus.