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– Background – Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission Report (LLRC)

The post-conflict Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission Report (LLRC) (2012) made the following recommendation relating to the Official Languages: Every attempt must be made to create a sense of belonging among all the citizens irrespective of race,religion or social status.  It is imperative that the Official Languages Policy is implemented...

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Part 2 -The Official Languages Policy (OLP) Implementation Strategy

The Ministry responsible for Official Languages, in close cooperation with its institutions (Department of Official Languages (DOL), Official Languages Commission (OLC), National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET)), will be coordinating the implementation of the OLP implementation strategy and providing support to the government ministries and institutions. Although the...

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Part 1 – Background – The Constitution

Background – The Constitution The Constitution (1978) of Sri Lanka (Chapter IV, Articles 18 to 25) contains a clear set of language provisions which guarantees that no citizen shall be discriminated against on grounds of language, and entitles every citizen the freedom to enjoy and promote his own culture and...

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Commemorating the Official Languages Day of Sri Lanka and Canada Day

21 Civil Society Organisations receive over Rs 148,000,000 to promote Language Rights and Language Learning The National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP), supported by Global Affairs Canada, has been working closely with relevant local government actors, to fulfill the commitment of both Governments towards building language equality and sensitivity to...

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“Building Inclusion of Diversity and Valuing Non-Verbal Communication to Strengthen Social Inclusion”

“Building Inclusion of Diversity and Valuing Non-Verbal Communication to Strengthen Social Inclusion”, a two-day workshop organized by NLEAP at the Colombo Swimming Club on the 18th and 19th of November, was a critical step in its plans to develop a training module for Inclusion and Non-Language Communication. Attended by representatives...

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Canada’s Official Languages Act celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Hilaire Lemoine Language Policy Advisor/NLEAP Special Advisor/Language Policy and International Relations, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa Article by Hilaire Lemoine “Implementing an Official Languages Act in any country is an ambitious, complex and long term initiative. It is a process of social change. It goes far...

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