Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Establishment of a "Sister School Programme" for a Trilingual Sri Lanka
Fri, Oct 12, 2012, 08:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament today moved a motion in the House and passed it to establish a program to promote the Trilingual Sri Lanka plan.

Recognizing that developing a ten year National Strategic Framework for a Trilingual Sri Lanka is a landmark measure for national integration and social harmony, the parliament passed a motion today to establish a "Sister School Programme".

Under the Sister School Programme, short term exposure programs will be instituted for the exchange of students and teachers across the ethnic communities of the country.

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration will take measures to link individual schools in majority Sinhala speaking areas with Tamil medium schools.

Under an initiative by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka earlier this year launched an ambitious ten-year plan to make the country a trilingual nation and declared the year 2012 as the 'Trilingual Year'.

The cabinet last year approved the President's proposal to implement a 10-year national action plan formulated as the basis for a National Programme to motivate the people to acquire language skills in all three major languages.

The 'Sinhala only' act in 1958 was seen as a catalyst for the Tamil Tiger terrorism that devastated the country for decades. The separatists used the policy as a ploy to promote their cause to carve out a separate homeland in the North and East where the major language is Tamil.

Trilingual initiative is one of the recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

** Related Story :: Trilingual Sri Lanka Task Force holds its preliminary discussion



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka Attorney General's Department sets up provincial units
-- [3 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka briefs diplomatic community on measures taken to subdue renewed threat of terrorism
-- [1 hour and 40 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan President vows to take strict action against lawbreakers, not to permit religious discord
-- [3 hours ago]
Parliamentary delegation of Balochistan visits Sri Lanka
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka business chamber conducts workshop on media Strategies for corporate sector
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to conduct tsunami drill today
-- [4 hours ago]
Japan offers higher education scholarships to Sri Lankan students
-- [5 hours ago]
Australia says co-operation with Sri Lanka to prevent people smuggling is a success
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka appoints Malinga as captain of T20 Team until March 2015
-- [8 hours ago]
Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist organization surrounds government ministry

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.