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).
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.
A Conversation on Official Languages Policy with SLBC Tamil National Service
Mr Thirunavukarasu Marimuthu, Deputy Director, NLEAP, in conversation with S. Sri Nagawani Rajah, on Poruppu, (Responsibility) about the Official Languages Policy and NLEAP.
A big step forward in the Implementation of the Official Languages Policy of Sri Lanka
The Validation Workshop on Official Languages Policy (OLP) Implementation Strategy and Management and Accountability Framework The National Languages Division of the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local…
Department of Languages Workshop on Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Language Rights
NLEAP recently conducted a workshop on Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Language Rights for the staff of the Department of Languages (DOL). Held at the Mandarina Hotel on the…
NLEAP provides Technical Support to Partner Institutions
COVID mitigation strategy to forge ahead with Official Language Policy Implementation 2020 and the effects of the COVID pandemic placed severe restrictions on the plans NLEAP had with…
NLEAP in collaboration with DOL organizes 5 Day Training of Translators Workshop
NLEAP in partnership with the Department of Languages (DOL) conducted a five-day training programme for translators. 26 Government translators were able to further enhance their translation skills at the…
The Official Languages Commission Conducts a Five-Day Training of Trainers Workshop on Official Languages Policy and Communication Tools
The National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP) in collaboration with the Official Languages Commission (OLC) successfully concluded the “Training of Trainers Workshop on Official Languages Policy and Communication Tools”….
Language Rights for Women’s Rights
A conversation on how Language Rights Impact Women’s Rights Sri Lanka recognizes the right to language as a fundamental right of all women and men but do women and…