About NLEAP

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 Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government 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.

 

About NLF

The National Languages Fund (NLF) funded by the Government of Canada and administered by NLEAP supports a variety of Sri Lankan Civil Society Organizations to promote language rights and second language learning. A range of diverse initiatives are being carried out, across the Island, reaching diverse groups of people, including women and youth. This map provides an insight into the variety of projects and the geographic locations of these initiatives.

Latest News

27 Sep

Implementing the Official Languages Policy to Safeguard Language Rights

Language, a key marker of identity has been fundamental in human communication. Every nation and every government needs to take action to uphold the language rights of all citizens….

27 Sep

Language for Inclusion and Belonging

Article by Dr Jehan Perera The passion and sense of threat that the issue of language generated amongst Sri Lankans has long past.  But the language problem still persists. …

08 Sep

Official Languages Week 2021 – Winners of the All Island Essay Competition

Winners of the of the All Island Essay Competition held to commemorate Official Languages Week.             Over 1210 essays in Sinhala, Tamil, and the English language had been sent…

30 Aug

“I love my mother language. I respect other languages too.”

The Official Languages Commission hosts the Awarding Ceremony of the All Island Essay Competition held to commemorate Official Languages Week. The Awarding Ceremony of the All Island Schools Essay…

30 Jun

NLF Success Story | Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya |Strengthening Official Language Policy through Language Education

Equipping the Future Generation for Peace Building and Reconciliation through Second Language Learning NLF Partner Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya (Shanthi Sena – the Peace Brigade), is the youth wing…

25 Jun

NLF Success Stories | Palm Foundation | Community Building through Second Language Learning and Language Rights Awareness

Palm Foundation promotes Community Integration and Reconciliation through Second Language Learning and Street Dramas Recently NLF Partner, Palm Foundation conducted a special event at the Kosgolla village in Walapane…

25 Jun

Planning together to operationalize the Strategy Framework for the Official Languages Policy

The main actors in the Language Sector meet to work on Mid-Long Term plans based on Strategy Framework The National Languages Division of the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial…

15 Jun

NLF Success Stories | Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ)| Shaping the future of our nation with University Champions for Language Rights

NLF Partner CEJ fosters a new generation of Language Rights Advocates NLF Partner, Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) recently conducted a virtual orientation on the 15th of June…

Success Stories

NLF Success Story | Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya |Strengthening Official Language Policy through Language Education

Equipping the Future Generation for Peace Building and Reconciliation through Second Language Learning NLF Partner Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya (Shanthi Sena – the Peace Brigade), is the youth wing of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. Sarvodaya, one of the oldest and well reputed civil society organisations has been committed to community building for almost 65 years….

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NLF Success Stories | Palm Foundation | Community Building through Second Language Learning and Language Rights Awareness

Palm Foundation promotes Community Integration and Reconciliation through Second Language Learning and Street Dramas Recently NLF Partner, Palm Foundation conducted a special event at the Kosgolla village in Walapane on 26th of May 2022 to celebrate the completion of the Tamil language class. Nearly 300 community members including children, youth and adults participated in this…

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NLF Success Stories | Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ)| Shaping the future of our nation with University Champions for Language Rights

NLF Partner CEJ fosters a new generation of Language Rights Advocates NLF Partner, Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) recently conducted a virtual orientation on the 15th of June for university students who signed up as University Champions for Language Rights. The recently formed coterie of Language Champions comprised of 34 undergraduates representing the Universities…

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NLF Success Stories | Chrysalis | THE RIGHT TO LANGUAGE

Effective implementation of the National Language Policy to enable bilingual service provision by service providers Even though Ceylon Tea is world famous, and the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka is one of its key foreign revenue generators, the backbone of this industry, the tea plantation worker still lives below the poverty level. NLF Partner, Chrysalis…

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NLF Success Stories | SLCFD | Breaking The Barriers Of Sign Language with the Official Languages Policy

The Groundbreaking Activity of NLF Partner Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf The work of NLF Partner Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf is truly a source of inspiration. From the inception of the partnership what struck the NLF Team was the unique lens with which SLCFD approached the Official Languages Policy. Partnering…

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NLF Success Stories | PALM Foundation | Promoting Language Rights to protect Health and Safety through Art and Posters

PALM Foundation works with Co-existences committees to initiate a COVID Prevention Art and Poster Campaign NLF Partner, Palm Foundation, is working towards building national integration and reconciliation amongst plantation and rural communities, by promoting Language Rights and creating access to Language Learning. Working under the theme ‘Promote Language Rights towards Human Dignity’ Palm Foundation is…

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NLF Success Stories | Sarvodaya Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya | Engaging the transformative power of youth towards Language Rights

Sarvodaya initiates Language Youth Clubs in 5 project districts. “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity…

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NLF Success Stories | Samadana/m | Making a difference one sign board at a time

Samadana/m “Breaking Barriers-Building Bridges’ workshop inspires a language warrior The ‘Breaking Barriers-Building Bridges’ project implemented by Samadanam, works towards building reconciliation through the protection of the language rights of the minority communities. Having identified the lack of awareness as one of the primary barriers to creating a bi-lingual culture this project has been working in…

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NLF Success Stories | SLCDF | Strengthen Social Integration by training Community Leaders to develop awareness building trainings on the Official Languages Policy

Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) organises Training of Trainer Modules for 5 Districts NLF Project Partner SLCDF is of the firm conviction that creating a strong civil society structure at district and divisional levels is critical for the effective implementation of Official Language Policy. With this goal in mind SLCDF is working in…

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NLF Success Stories | HDO | Capacity Building Workshop for Co-existence (Language) Societies in Karaithuraipatru

Mobilizing Community Action towards Promoting Language Rights and Second Language Learning. NLF Partner Human Development Organization (HDO) works in the Ampara, Kandy, Mullaitivu and Nuwara Eliya, to enhance social integration and peaceful co-existence by promoting and protecting the language rights of different ethnic and religious communities in these districts. HDO acts as a catalyst, working…

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Latest News

27 Sep

Implementing the Official Languages Policy to Safeguard Language Rights

Language, a key marker of identity has been fundamental in human communication. Every nation and every government needs to take action to uphold the language rights of all citizens….

27 Sep

Language for Inclusion and Belonging

Article by Dr Jehan Perera The passion and sense of threat that the issue of language generated amongst Sri Lankans has long past.  But the language problem still persists. …

08 Sep

Official Languages Week 2021 – Winners of the All Island Essay Competition

Winners of the of the All Island Essay Competition held to commemorate Official Languages Week.             Over 1210 essays in Sinhala, Tamil, and the English language had been sent…

30 Aug

“I love my mother language. I respect other languages too.”

The Official Languages Commission hosts the Awarding Ceremony of the All Island Essay Competition held to commemorate Official Languages Week. The Awarding Ceremony of the All Island Schools Essay…

30 Jun

NLF Success Story | Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya |Strengthening Official Language Policy through Language Education

Equipping the Future Generation for Peace Building and Reconciliation through Second Language Learning NLF Partner Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sansadhaya (Shanthi Sena – the Peace Brigade), is the youth wing…

25 Jun

NLF Success Stories | Palm Foundation | Community Building through Second Language Learning and Language Rights Awareness

Palm Foundation promotes Community Integration and Reconciliation through Second Language Learning and Street Dramas Recently NLF Partner, Palm Foundation conducted a special event at the Kosgolla village in Walapane…

25 Jun

Planning together to operationalize the Strategy Framework for the Official Languages Policy

The main actors in the Language Sector meet to work on Mid-Long Term plans based on Strategy Framework The National Languages Division of the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial…

15 Jun

NLF Success Stories | Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ)| Shaping the future of our nation with University Champions for Language Rights

NLF Partner CEJ fosters a new generation of Language Rights Advocates NLF Partner, Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) recently conducted a virtual orientation on the 15th of June…

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