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

25 Oct

NLEAP spearheads Inaugural Networking Meeting with the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Focal Points of the Language Sector

A Landmark in Ensuring Gender Sensitive Bilingual Delivery of Public Services Coordinating the very first networking meeting of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Focal Points (GEWE Focal Points)…

20 Oct

Towards building Inclusive, Gender Sensitive Public Services

NLEAP hosts Stakeholder meetings to review two training manuals that will enhance Public Sector Services and Communication A stakeholder consultation was organised by NLEAP, on the 15th of September…

15 Oct

The Language Sector meets to review progress and plan for the future

NLEAP hosts stakeholder workshop for annual work planning The guardians and stewards of the Language Sector, National Languages Division of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils…

11 Oct

NLEAP BULLETIN 2022 Q2

NLEAP BULLETIN 2022 – APRIL TO JUNE NLEAP BULLETIN 2022 Apr Jun (3)

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 government needs to take action to uphold language rights of all citizens. In Sri…

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 persists.  Despite…

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…

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.

 

NLF Project Map

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NLF Success Stories

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Latest News

25 Oct

NLEAP spearheads Inaugural Networking Meeting with the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Focal Points of the Language Sector

A Landmark in Ensuring Gender Sensitive Bilingual Delivery of Public Services Coordinating the very first networking meeting of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Focal Points (GEWE Focal Points)…

20 Oct

Towards building Inclusive, Gender Sensitive Public Services

NLEAP hosts Stakeholder meetings to review two training manuals that will enhance Public Sector Services and Communication A stakeholder consultation was organised by NLEAP, on the 15th of September…

15 Oct

The Language Sector meets to review progress and plan for the future

NLEAP hosts stakeholder workshop for annual work planning The guardians and stewards of the Language Sector, National Languages Division of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils…

11 Oct

NLEAP BULLETIN 2022 Q2

NLEAP BULLETIN 2022 – APRIL TO JUNE NLEAP BULLETIN 2022 Apr Jun (3)

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 government needs to take action to uphold language rights of all citizens. In Sri…

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 persists.  Despite…

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…

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