- Published on Saturday, 08 March 2014 05:12
The Government of Japan has granted Rs. 100 million under its Non-Project Counterpart Fund for implementing two projects identified by the Government of Sri Lanka, aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Trilingual Language Policy of Sri Lanka.
Under this programme japan provides Rs. 80.24 million for teacher development and capacity building by improving the quality of learning and teaching of Sinhala, Tamil, and English to promote trilingual Sri Lanka. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Education and would support the development of teacher training material and conducting of training programs at provincial, zonal and divisional levels, establishment of quality circles of language teachers etc.
Rs. 20 million will be provided for this project for printing of study packs based on syllables prepared for second language proficiency in all four levels of public officers and the printing of related course modules. This project will be implemented by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration.
The two projects are expected to benefit around 54,150 of language teachers (Sinhala, Tamil, and English), nearly 4 million primary to secondary level students and 1.3 million public officers and the general public as a whole. Japan considers these two projects of great importance in terms of facilitating national reconciliation through promoting a Trilingual Sri Lanka enabling all communities to communicate with each other with ease and understanding. Japan hopes that these projects will enhance the government’s efforts towards reconciliation.