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.


Latest News

30 Jul

Celebrating Canada Day and Sri Lanka’s Official Language Week

A Message from David McKinnon | The High Commissioner of Canada

05 Jul

Official Languages Week – 2021

ESSAY COMPETITION FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN An essay competition will be conducted for school children by the Official Languages Commission (OLC) in collaboration with the National Languages Equality Advancement Project…

25 Jun

Successful completion of the Inaugural Training in Translation Pedagogy Program (TTPP) conducted by the University of Ottawa

Enhancing the teaching methodology of Translation Degree Programmes The Inaugural session of the Training in Translation Pedagogy Program (TTPP) conducted by the School of Translation and Interpretation, University of…

23 Jun

Inaugural Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on the Language Planning Process

Tamil Medium Trainers successfully complete online Training on the Language Planning Process The Language Division of the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government, with the support…

18 Jun

The Role of the Official Languages Commission

A Webinar organised by the Sociology Student Society of the University of Ruhuna NLEAP was very happy to initiate, coordinate and support a webinar conducted by the University of…

17 Jun

Annual Reporting on the Status of the Official Languages: Sharing of Canadian experience

 The Canadian Approach to Annual Reporting The Official Languages Commission for Canada, the Official Languages Commission for the province of New Brunswick, and the French Language Services Commission for…

15 Jun

Five-day Training for NILET Sinhala and Tamil Second Language Teachers

NLEAP supports NILET initiative to enhance Sinhala and Tamil Second Language Teaching   National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET) recently concluded a five-day online training for Sinhala…

19 May

The Inaugural Professional Learning Community Meeting

A forum to discuss specific challenges related to translation and interpretation of the Official Languages. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) establishes a forum for academics, students and professionals to…