With align to World Habitat Day 2023 celebrations “Siyana children’s painting competition” was held on 07th October, 2023 at Gampaha Udugamipala Senarat Paranavitana National School. About 500 children from many schools across the island participated to this competition. Each participating child was given a set of painting equipment.
This drawing competition was held under three categories. Under the age group of 6-9 “our environment” and under the age group of 10-14 and 15-18 the children had the opportunity to paint pictures under the theme of “protecting the natural environment and facing urbanization”.
Acting Minister of Urban Development and Housing Hon. Tenuka Vidanagamage, Chairman of Urban Housing Development Authority Mr. Priyantha Ratnayake and Director General Mr. Wijayananda Herath and a group of parents participated in this event.
The Urban Settlement Development Authority (USDA),which was established in 2008 by Parliament Act No. 36 of 2008, is an institution functioning under the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. The formulation of national policy in relation to urban settlement development and ensuring implementation of such policy, along with the provision of improvements to the living conditions of people in underserved settlements, are the interconnected twin objectives of the establishment of USDA.