Monday, 08 August 2022 17:14

Dialogue for a Diverse Society

A series of training programmes were held under NPC’s Plural Action for Conflict Transformation (PACT) project for 259 administrative officers, planning unit officers, development officers and field officers from different government institutions to increase knowledge on right to information, pluralism, mediation, fundamental rights, conflict resolution and the duties and responsibilities of government officials.

These programmes, conducted in the Matara, Kegalle, Kandy, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Polonnaruwa districts, were organized by District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) together with NPC’s partner organizations.

The objectives were to build a dialogue among high level government officials about importance of understanding the value of building a diverse society. They were encouraged to focus on performing their duties to serve people equally and to support building reconciliation.

Kegalle District Secretary Mr. Mahinda S. Weerasuriya attended the Kegalle workshop while Matara District Secretary Mr. Y. Wickramasiri and Additional District Secretary Mr. Kasun Wellaheva participated in the Matara workshop.

Every citizen should have a substantial understanding about reconciliation. Our country is facing many problems due to ethnic and religious conflicts. The participants learnt how to minimise conflicts and why we need to treat people equally," said Mr. Wickramasiri.

When listening to the speakers, we understand that we have a great responsibility as public servants. Every person has the right to receive government services without being discriminated against. Before the programme, I did not take much notice about discrimination but now I feel that the way I thought before was wrong," said a participant at the Kegalle workshop.