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Love for learning!

St. Anthony’s College, Kandy
Prefects Guild 2019-2020
Prefects Guild 2019-2020

The belief that humans should embrace knowledge has been instilled in Head Boy of St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, Dinitha Perera. Perfect Prefects features Perera, a seeker of knowledge.

His ambition in life is to be a Data Scientist. His creativity is what he relies on when trying to reach his goals. Disseminating knowledge on the core values of Buddhism is one of his goals. He is respectful of other cultures. Lux de coelo (light from heaven) is the college motto of St. Anthony’s that he steadfastly believes in. Helen Keller once said – ‘Knowledge is love and light and vision’ and this certainly applies to Perera.

One of the most courageous acts in history was carried out by the Buddha. Leaving the safety of the royal palace and venturing out into the unknown was undoubtedly difficult. Yet understanding the ultimate truth was his most powerful purpose. That must have been one of the darkest nights of his life, but fortunately for all of us he had the courage to face that night and did not look back.

“Most people live their lives without thinking about the consequences of their actions. As Lord Buddha taught us, if we consider the effects of our acts, on ourselves before committing them, the consequences will be more beneficial to both the individual and the society. I would like to enlighten the society about this concept,” pointed out Perera.

Looking at life positively is another character trait of his. He adds that in his opinion success in any situation depends on how one looks at it. There is a saying that the darkest hour is before the dawn. Well you need to have the courage to persevere until the dawn.

“It is so important to be able to efficiently communicate. Everyone is fighting their own battle in life so you need to be understanding. And remember you need to remember that no matter how dark life gets, there is always a silver lining in every cloud,” explained Perera.

Perera was a delegate in the Asia World Model United Nations held in Bali Indonesia in 2019. Being a dynamic young man, full of energy and new ideas, he is no stranger to climate change. He is thoroughly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to this subject.

We know that Greenhouse gases occur naturally and are essential to the survival of living beings. The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap the Sun’s heat. This process makes Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is one of the things that makes Earth a comfortable place to live.

However, NASA has observed increases in the amount of carbon dioxide and some other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Too much of these greenhouse gases can cause Earth’s atmosphere to trap more and more heat. This causes Earth to warm up.

Human activity since the Industrial Revolution, mainly extracting and burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), has increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

We know that our precious trees are essential to our survival and wellbeing. Trees capture greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide, preventing them from accumulating in the atmosphere and warming our planet. We know that GHGs are created by cars, planes, and trains. Also when trees are felled, they release into the atmosphere all the carbon they’ve been storing.

Levels of greenhouse gases are higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years. Land ice—glaciers, ice caps, and ice sheets are shrinking at a faster rate in response to rising temperatures, adding water to the world’s oceans. Rising temperatures are warming ocean waters, which expand as the temperature increases.

“As discussed in the assembly, climate change is a major problem at present. I would suggest the world to cut down on the use of fuel while generating renewable sources of energy such as wind power, solar energy, wave power and Hydroelectricity. We also need to limit the destruction of natural vegetation while at the same time embarking on reforestation projects,” explained Perera.

Looking out for new options and new paths is what he specializes in. He is able to do this because he is able to anticipate what is likely to happen very soon. He anticipates and then puts his well laid plans into operation so that failure is impossible. He is swift and bold.

“The main secret to my success is working smart. I always look out for new options and calculate the assets and liabilities in them, to create a new path to reach out to my goals. Being creative or trying to be creative has always helped me to reach my goals faster with steady footsteps,” said Perera.

He adds that ‘Lux de coelo’ (light from heaven) is his college motto

“I firmly believe Rector Rev Fr. Henry Wijeratne and our devoted teachers are a part of that light. St Anthony’s College has taught me to become a perfect global citizen by respecting every culture and abiding by the general laws” said Perera.

Perera points out that he was a member of the college Badminton team, he played Basketball and practices Japanese Jiu Jitsu. He has captained both the English and Sinhala debating teams and was the Vice President (2019-2020) and the Secretary (2018-2019) of the college Interact club. He was a member of the college choir and was an executive member of the English Literary Circle, Sinhala Literary Circle and the Science Society.

“We are a nation that defeated terrorism. Sri Lankans have the courage to withstand any calamity. The darkest times are the times that unite us as one family and one nation. We have had inner conflicts but I have no doubt that Sri Lankans are resilient and we will go forward bravely and unafraid,” added Perera.

One leader he admires is former US President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America. He had a vision and left office in January 2017 with a 60 percent approval rating. On October 9, 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. On May 1, 2011, Navy SEALs attacked the al-Qaida leader’s compound in Pakistan and eliminated Osama bin Laden.

“My parents and my family have always been behind my achievements encouraging and supporting me all the time. I will always be in debt to them. My principal and the teachers have been as supportive as my parents. I am very thankful to them. I’d like to mention the Prefects Guild who were always behind me and I am very grateful to them too. I also remember the help given to me by the old boys of the College. Last but not least I would like to thank the minor staff of the college for helping me in numerous ways to perfume my duties as the Head Prefect,” stated Perera.