SLCDF has launched its “Establishment of Civil Society Structure for Official Language Policy” from June 01, 2020 till June 31, 2022. The goal of the project is to create a strong civil society structure at district and divisional levels for effective implementation of the Official Language Policy for social integration in five selected districts. This project will be carried out in ten divisions in a total of five districts such as Galle, Matara, Moneragala, Kandy and Kilinochchi.
SLCDF has already entered into an agreement with “National Languages Equality Advancement Project” (NLEAP) worth over Rs. 15 million and it is set to provide secondary language trainings approximately for three thousand beneficiaries and awareness campaigns throughout the selected districts. The already developed modules provided by NLEAP would be utilized for batch of selected members. SLCDF aims to conduct trainings for three batches in the next two years.
The project would be to support and strengthen the District Co-existence Societies, Divisional Coexistence Societies and Civil Society Organizations for effective implementation of the Official Languages Policy for social integration and to enhance understanding among different ethnic communities through interface dialogues, exposure visits and learning each other’s’ languages. While improving the knowledge and skills of Government officials and changing attitudes of officials working at District and Divisional Level on Official Languages Policy.
Furthermore, government officers, civil society, youth organizations, men and women would reap the benefit of this project. Each and every one in any of these categories are likely to be involved to improve their Sinhala and Tamil language skills.
SLCDF firmly believes that awareness campaigns carried out by Training of Trainers TOT would attract more people from all walks of life.