NLEAP supports strengthening translation services in Sri Lanka
A five-day translation program (Tamil/English) was jointly conducted by the Department of Official Languages (DOL) and NLEAP. 19 Government translators including 11 females and 8 males, coming from all parts of the island, including Jaffna and Batticaloa, were able to further enhance their Tamil/English translation skills at the training held at the Auditorium of the DOL. The program was facilitated by N Sivakumaran, Attorney at Law and Thurairajah, former translator at the DOL. The training which covered various aspects of translation had a special emphasis on translation of administrative documents, bilingual editing skills and translation of legal documents.
The training for Tamil/English translators, forms part of the technical assistance provided to the government by NLEAP, in partnership with the DOL. Such training programs play a critical role in equipping public service organizations with the translation expertise that is essential to providing effective gender-sensitive bilingual services to women and men of diverse communities.
The Workshop concluded with 19 participants receiving certificates for having successfully completed the five-day training. They voiced their appreciation to DOL and NLEAP for providing for such opportunities to further their training and sharpen their skills.
NLEAP will continue to work very closely with the DOL to conduct similar capacity building programs that will help strengthen translation and interpretation services in Sri Lanka, by producing skilled, professional translators.