The National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP) aims to reduce poverty and improve economic and social equality of Sinhala and Tamil speaking women and men throughout Sri Lanka by strengthening the implementation of the Sri Lankan Official Languages Policy (OLP) and enhancing acceptance by Sri Lankan women and men of the cultural diversity in the country. NLEAP builds off the success of the National Languages Project (NLP).


Working with the Government of Sri Lanka and civil society organizations, the project will: strengthen gender-sensitive bilingual communication skills of public servants; improve the capacity of key ministries to deliver public services in both official languages (Sinhala and Tamil) at national and provincial levels, especially in bilingual communities; increase awareness of language diversity and language rights; and increase the ability of citizens to communicate in the official languages.


NLEAP is a Government of Canada supported project designed to respond to the GoSL’s goal to protect and promote the language rights of all its citizens and support and strengthen the OLP implementation with the Ministry of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs (The Ministry) and its affiliated institutions. These agencies include the Department of Official Languages (DOL) and the Official Languages Commission (OLC), the National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET). NLEAP also supports selected universities through the University Grants Commission (UGC).


NLEAP is managed and implemented by Alinea International under contract from Global Affairs Canada.



About NLF

The National Languages Fund (NLF) is administered by NLEAP in coordination with the Ministry. This fund will support a variety of Sri Lankan organizations including women’s and youth groups, to promote language rights towards reconciliation, a better acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity as a national strength, and the improved capacity of citizens to communicate in the official languages.


Latest News

19 Sep

Vacancy for Project Officer

This is an intermediate level position assisting in all aspects of project implementation. This position will require frequent travel within the country. Responsibilities Provide project support to the NLEAP…

10 Aug

Part 4 – Support from NLEAP to the OLP Strategy Implementation

Support from the National Language Equity Advancement Project (NLEAP) to the OLP implementation strategy The NLEAP project has identified the development of the OLP implementation strategy as a priority…

02 Aug

National Languages Fund Hosts Three Coordination and Networking Sessions in the Central Province

On the 13th and 14th of July 2020, The National Languages Fund (NLF), administered by the National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP), conducted three ‘Coordination and Networking Sessions’ with…

31 Jul

Part 3 – Elements of the OLP Implementation Strategy

Elements of the OLP Implementation Strategy The OLP implementation strategy can be defined as a set of guidelines, a framework to assist the key ministries and their institutions to…

30 Jul

Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Language Rights

NLEAP organizes a sensitization workshop for the Ministry  ‘Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Language Rights’, a workshop organized by NLEAP for the National Languages Division of the Ministry, was…

15 Jul

Part 2 -The Official Languages Policy (OLP) Implementation Strategy

The Ministry responsible for Official Languages, in close cooperation with its institutions (Department of Official Languages (DOL), Official Languages Commission (OLC), National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET)),…

01 Jul

Commemorating the Official Languages Day of Sri Lanka and Canada Day

21 Civil Society Organisations receive over Rs 148,000,000 to promote Language Rights and Language Learning The National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP), supported by Global Affairs Canada, has been…

30 May

Part 1 – Background – The Constitution

Background – The Constitution The Constitution (1978) of Sri Lanka (Chapter IV, Articles 18 to 25) contains a clear set of language provisions which guarantees that no citizen shall…