National Action Plans on Education for Peace and sustainable Development was launched by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday.
The action plan was formulated in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
This Action Plan has been formulated by the Education Ministry based on the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development.
The President also declared opened the relevant website which was prepared with the cooperation of several ministries.
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena speaking at the occasion said Sri Lanka is the first country to implement this programme with the assistance of the UNESCO institute. The government intends to implement the program on the school level.
In this new era, Sri Lanka is faced with the challenge to use education for peace and sustainable development. The launch of this National Action Plan is an initial measure taken by the government to face that challenge, the Minister added.
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Subinay Nandy said Sri Lanka's education sector has an excellent track record and this national action plan will help the country to ensure a brighter future for all communities.
The priority that was given to education by Sri Lanka even during the difficult days of the terrorist conflict and natural disasters, such as, the tsunami, is noteworthy, the UN Coordinator said.
The guest of honour at the occasion Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General, UNESCO Paris said these kinds of initiatives are a testimony of Sri Lanka's serious commitment to peace and development.
He further said that Sri Lanka's achievements in the educational sector in several years in the future will surely inspire other countries.