Opening of the Northern Provincial Centre of the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration with the support of UNDP

21 Jul 2014

imageHon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of National Languages and Social Integration (far right) declaring open the Northern Provincial Centre of the Ministry

Marking Social Integration Week 2014, the Northern Provincial Centre of the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration was ceremoniously declared open by Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of National Languages and Social Integration on July 15, 2014. The Centre is located in  Kilinochchi.

Through the UNDP supported Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration (SELAJSI) Programme, with the financial contribution of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, all required equipment for the Centre, including IT equipment was provided.

Speaking at the event, Minister Nanayakkara stated that the establishment of the Centre will enable the Ministry to better understand and respond to the needs of the community and deliver its social integration functions and activities more effectively at the local level, which will help contribute towards national unity. He went on to add that in total, nine Provincial Centres will be established across the island, enabling the Ministry to bring its social integration services closer to the people, particularly the most vulnerable and those living in the most rural areas, and strengthening the relationships with the communities.

Noting the significance of the Ministry’s Northern Provincial Centre, Ms. R. Ketheeswaran, District Secretary, Kilinochchi stated that it will be key in promoting social integration and addressing key challenges faced by the people in the Province and particularly in Kilinochchi, especially address the gaps in the knowledge of languages, which hinders their ability to access services.

Mr. Rajendrakumar Ganesarajah, Assistant Country Director, UNDP Sri Lanka, stated that UNDP has been working with the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration since its inception, and also with the Ministry under its previous formation to strengthen access to justice in Sri Lanka.