Japan Funds Sri Lanka’s Language Policy

A report:

Japan Provides Rs. 100 million to promote Trilingual Language Policy in Sri Lanka

Published on Saturday, 08 March 2014 05:12
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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.

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Sri Lanka: Concerns about Language Policy

A report in the Sri Lankan paper The Nation covers the growing unease about the pace at which language policy changes are being implemented:

The pace of implementing the Government’s Official Language Policy has been far from satisfactory, Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudewa Nanayakkara told The Nation. Minister Nanayakkara admitted the Government had not gone speedily enough when it came to ensuring language equality in the country.

He also acknowledged that not a single prosecution had so far been conducted with regard to language violations. “This is a matter for the Attorney-General’s Department and they have to advise us. However, nothing has been done for the last two years,” he further stressed.

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