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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2585

Government introduces curricular reforms in secondary education - Finance Minister Mangala

New York, 18 April, (Asiantribune.com)

Sri Lanka government introduces curricular reforms in secondary education to enhance creative and analytical skills, and technological interventions, - Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera tells2019 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development of the United Nations.

Statement made by the Hon. Minister at the general debate of the 2019 UN ECOSOC Forum for Financing Development is also attached herewith -

Madam President,

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out ambitious and transformative goals that are of critical importance for our world. Achieving these goals require collective action and considerable development finance – public and private, and domestic and international, which is a challenge.

Sri Lanka has a long history of social development. Although a developing middle-income nation, our investments in universal free healthcare and free education have ensured that many of Sri Lanka’s social indicators are on par with advanced economies.

However, in the contemporary context, Sri Lanka has identified a number of ongoing challenges in sustainable and equitable development. Measures have been taken to address identified challenges – many of which directly relate to the SDGs. The 2019 national budget includes a number of interventions towards this end.

For example,

• Several measures have been introduced to further the participation of women in the economy. These include the government sharing the costs of maternity benefits, public and private investments in child care facilities, and legislative amendments to improve flexibility of working hours.

• The government is introducing curricular reforms in secondary education to enhance creative and analytical skills, and technological interventions such as smart classrooms. Investments in school facilities are being ramped up including sanitation which has important implications for continuous education, particularly for the girl child.

• In addressing poverty and vulnerability – measures are being taken to encourage employment of people with disabilities through targeted wage subsidies for companies that hire such individuals. Objective and transparent selection criteria have been introduced for welfare transfers to the poor, the elderly, and those vulnerable to natural disasters.

* Natural disasters are an increasingly frequent and damaging occurrence in our island nation. Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the face of climate change. A substantial contingency fund has been set aside in the 2019 budget to mitigate impacts of climate change and associated natural disasters.

* Financial commitments are increasingly challenging for countries like mine that are subject to significant fiscal constraints. International cooperation therefore is vital including for supporting measures to prevent and mitigate the debilitating impacts of climate change in vulnerable economies. I therefore urge for greater public-private partnerships and multi-stakeholder initiatives globally, to ensure that no one is left behind.

- Asian Tribune -

Addressing the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development
Finance Minister Hon. Mangala Samaraweera with the Executive Director of UNICEF Ms. Henrietta H. Fore.
Addressing the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development
Finance Minister Hon. Mangala Samaraweera with the Executive Director of UNICEF Ms. Henrietta
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