NPC is assisting resettled communities in the Jaffna district to obtain legal documents through its project Sustaining Peace Through Inclusive Service Delivery funded by Freedom House in collaboration with its partner, Organisation for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation Ceylon (OfERR).
NPC held four training programmes for 152 state officers in Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Kandy and Kurunegala including Grama Niladaris, development officers and social services officers directly involved with the community on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) concepts and skills for PVE implementation.
Language was a key dividing factor in the early years of Sri Lanka’s independence and it continues to be a source of tension between communities, especially now when there is an economic downturn where resources are scarce and there is competition between people and communities for survival. Differences in linguistic, ethnic and religious identity can become focal points for mobilising conflict.
A three day exposure visit to Negombo was conducted under NPC’s project Collective Engagement for Religious Freedom (CERF) for 110 Local Inter Religious Committee (LIRC) members from Negombo, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Weligama, beginning with an inter religious dialogue to share participants’ experiences as LIRC members and their expectations of the visit.
Two training programmes and a campaign on the prevention of hate speech for local government authorities and religious leaders were conducted by master trainers under NPC’s project Technical Assistance to Justice Institutions in Sri Lanka in Kandy and Ratnapura.
A partner capacity assessment was carried out in the districts of Vavuniya, Galle, Hambantota, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle and Ratnapura for partner organizations implementing NPC’s Plural Action for Conflict Transformation (PACT) project.
To increase the level of knowledge of state officers on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) concepts and skills for PVE implementation, NPC held two one day training programmes in Ampara and Mannar for 86 District and Divisional level state officers including Grama Niladaris, development officers and social services officers who were directly involved with the community under NPC’s project Prevention of Violent Extremism - Capacity Building in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
NPC held a training programme on non-discriminatory customer service for 29 government officers and local government authority representatives in Muttur in the Trincomalee District, which included identifying perceptions of discrimination, sharing experiences and learnings on best practices in providing quality, non-discriminatory customer service and examining ways to rectify discriminatory practices. The programme was conducted under NPC’s Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE).