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Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 8.20 GMT
Govt. seeks India's technical assistance for ‘tri-lingual Sri Lanka’ initiative


The Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to seek technical assistance from India to implement the national plan aimed at making all the citizens of the country competent in all three languages.

Under an initiative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka last year launched an ambitious ten-year plan to make the country a trilingual nation declaring the year 2012 as the 'Trilingual Year'.

The Presidential Initiative for Trilingual Sri Lanka aims to make every Sri Lankan citizen knowledgeable in Sinhala, Tamil and English.

The 10 year National Plan for a Trilingual Sri Lanka sets the foundation for a national initiative to encourage all citizens of the country to acquire trilingual skills and competencies.

The cabinet last week approved a proposal put forward by the President to seek India's Technical assistance for the purpose.

A relevant agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India will be signed in this regard after incorporating the amendments approved by the cabinet to the national plan.

The plan will be implemented together with ministries of National Languages and Social Integration, Education, Higher Education, Public Administration and Provincial Councils. Sri Lanka has set a target to make the country a trilingual nation by the year 2020.

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






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