Promoting Gender Sensitive Leadership and Management in Second Language Education

NLEAP organises capacity building workshop  on gender sensitive leadership and management for the National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET)

NLEAP recently organised a two day capacity building workshop on Gender Sensitive Leadership and Management Context with a special emphasis on Second Language Education for NILET. Held on the 21st and 22nd of February the workshop was organised at the special request of NILET. As both  Mr. Jayampathy Bandara Heenkenda  (Chairman- NILET) and  Dr. Prasath Herath (Director General – NILET) noted in their opening remarks, Gender Sensitive Language Training is a vital part of Official Languages Policy Implementation. The GEWE refresher delivered by Ms. Saama Rajakaruna (GE Specialist-NLEAP) highlighting the importance of integrating GEWE within language teaching and training, followed the introductory session conducted by the key resource person for the sessions, Dr. Kushani De Silva (PhD (UK).

The interactive workshop sessions on the first day ranged from differences in leadership and genuine leadership skills, tips for applying genuine leadership skills for working SMART to gender sensitive basic management strategies in language education with scenario-based group activity. The second day included interactive sessions on wise thinking in multi-disciplinary education, avoiding human error for reducing risks with a special emphasis on gender sensitivity in education and effective communication strategies for strategic management with a special emphasis on gender sensitive education aspects. The scenario based group sessions that interspersed the presentations allowed the participants the opportunity to adapt their learnings to actual case study scenarios relevant to their scope of activity.

Supporting partner institutions with such capacity building activity forms part and parcel of the Technical Assistance provided by NLEAP to the Government of Sri Lanka towards the effective implementation of the Official Languages Policy of Sri Lanka.