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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

A devoted principal retires

By S.H.Moulana

Nazeer Shihabdeen is retiring from his position as the principal of Sri Lanka International School in Riyadh, after rendering a valuable service to the Sri Lankan community in Saudi Arabia.

Sri Lanka International School was started in the year 1988 in Riyadh with just 11 students and 4 teachers.

Today there are 1000 students with 80 academic and administration staff.

When we talk of the school we cannot forget those who initiated this move to establish the school and out of them two persons come to my mind who devoted their time in establishing it, of course, with the help of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh, they are Yaseen Marikkar and Amin Yusuf, unfortunately both are today not among the living.

Mr. Nazeer Shihabdeen who joined the school in 1994 is a diploma graduate from the University of Sri Lanka, Vidyalankara Campus and was posted to Gampola Zahira College in 1977 as a mathematics teacher during the time of late Dr. Badiuddin Mahmoud, who was the minister of education then.

He served this institution as the sectional head too while taking care of advanced level classes in all three media English, Sinhala and Tamil.

He was the Marking Examiner for science subjects prior to his departure to join the Sri Lankan School in Riyadh in 1994.

He started off as a mathematics teacher here and served the school in different capacities - Examination officer, deputy principal and finally as its principal.

During his period alone the school has seen 30 of its students becoming engineers, 25 of them doctors and another 20 as accountants.

For all these he said he is proud that his school laid the right foundation for all these children to start on their career they liked.

There were numerous farewell parties for Nazeer, the major one being at the embassy followed by numerous private ones all in appreciation of his devoted service.

There is plenty of energy still left in him to give the young generation and we thank him for all what he has done to the youthful engineers, doctors and accountants we have mentioned above.

- Asian Tribune -

Mr. Nazeer Shihabdeen
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