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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2035

Integration Friendly Schools: Road Map for Reconciliation

Integration Friendly Schools: Road Map for Reconciliation

The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation under the leadership of President Maithiripala Sirisena as a Minister in charge of the subject has initiated special programme on integration friendly schools.

An integration friendly programme was held in the St. Bridgets Convent , Colombo on 1st of August.

Under the reconciliation friendly school programme, awareness was created among the teachers and students on the importance of inculcating the concept of reconciliation, integration, co-existence, brotherhood, sisterhood, tolerance and thereby achieving sustainable peace which is fundamental for sustainable development.

The objectives of this programme is to educate and empower students as peace messengers and peace advocates not only in the schools but, outside schools said V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

The integration friendly school programme places reconciliation at the heart of the learning experience and makes reconciliation and integral part of the school life.

Integration friendly schools is founded on the principles of respecting diversity in ethnic, religious and cultures, non-discrimination, equality , ban on hate speeches and ensuring inclusiveness in the schools. The schools teachers and children become powerful catalyst for change. Some of the schools has already developed virtues on human values which help students to be tomorrow's better leaders.

The declaration on integration was read and adapted by the teachers and school students. Multi-religious and multi-ethnic cultural programmes were performed by the students and three students from different ethnicity delivered speeches on the importance of religious and ethnic integration. The school administration agreed to continue this programme as a regular programme in the classroom and assembly.

At the programme held in the St. Bridgets Convent , A.H.M.Fowze, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation participated, along with, (Dr).Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, Ms.Una Mcculey, UN Resident Coordinator, Ms.Paula Bulancea, Deputy Country Director, UNICEF, the School Principal Rev.Sister Alexandra Mendis and senior official of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanism.

- Asian Tribune -

Integration Friendly Schools: Road Map for Reconciliation
Integration Friendly Schools: Road Map for Reconciliation
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