Zahira College, Hambantota

Zahira College is a public school in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1911 by Leonard Woolf and its first principal and teacher was Rathna Sabapathi.

Zahira College Hambantota

Sri Lanka
TypePublic School
MottoRabbi Zidni Ilma ("O Allah, increase us in knowledge!")
Established11 January 1911
FounderLeonard Woolf
PrincipalMr. Rizan (2017–present)
Grades1–13 (Tamil Medium)
GenderBoys and Girls
Age6 to 19
Enrollmentover 8000
Colour(s)Yellow & Maroon   

History edit

The school was founded as Tamil Mixed School on 23 January 1911, by Leonard Woolf, who was at the time the Assistant Government Agent of Hambantota District. It was the first Tamil medium school in the district and had only one teacher.

On 1 October 1914, the school's name was changed to the Government Tamil Mixed School. At this point there were 50 students and one teacher.

In 2004, the school building was destroyed by the Indian Ocean tsunami and was rebuilt with the aid of UNICEF.[1]

Partnerships edit

The college has partnered with Ermysted's Grammar School in England to collaborate in curricula such as environmental studies, geography, information technology, PSHCE, and art.[1]

Past principals edit

Name From To
T. V. Rathna Sabapathi 23 January 1911 10 June 1911
K. Thambi Raja 17 June 1911 21 March 1918

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Ermysted's and Zahira College Global Partnership" (PDF).

External links edit

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