The National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP) is a 4.5 year, CAD 10.85M project funded by the Government of Canada which is designed to strengthen the implementation of the Sri Lankan Official Languages Policy (OLP) by government actors. By prioritizing linguistic rights, broader human rights and gender equality, NLEAP supports the goal of the Sri Lankan national government to protect and promote the language rights of all its citizens. This will be achieved by supporting the implementation of the OLP by the Ministry of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs and its affiliated institutions: the Department of Official Languages (DOL), and the Parliamentary entity overseeing implementation, the Official Languages Commission (OLC), The National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET).
The NLEAP project builds on the accomplishments of the 2010–2015 National Languages Project (NLP) funded previously by the Government of Canada. It represents Canada’s commitment to support Sri Lankan aspirations to foster reconciliation, national unity and peace and security through leveraging language rights to broaden inclusion. It equally provides a vehicle through which the Government of Sri Lanka effectively demonstrates its commitment to the progressive realization of constitutional linguistic rights through the implementation of the Official Language Policy. The project results from a bilateral agreement between the Government of Canada, represented by Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Sri Lanka, represented by the Ministry of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs. The project was awarded to Agriteam Canada for implementation through a competitive tendering process concluded in April 2018.
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