A series of Civil Society Platform meetings took place around the country where hundreds of civil society activists gathered to discuss the current political situation and the challenges facing civil society in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Civil Society Platform is an initiation of NPC’s project Consolidating Ongoing Multi-level Partnership Actions for Conflict Transformation (COMPACT) funded by Misereor.
Under the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Activity, NPC organized a Training for Trainers (TOT) on resilient communities through everyday democracy, a module SCORE compiled for the purpose of empowering the village level community platforms.
Twelve training programmes on conflict analysis and management for youth community leaders were conducted by master trainers under NPC’s project Technical Assistance to Justice Institutions in Sri Lanka in Kalutara, Matara, Kandy, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Monaragala and Polonnaruwa districts.
Religious leaders, government officers and civil society activists at the Kuliyapitiya and Panduwasnuwara Local Inter Religious Committees’ (LIRCs) monthly meetings identified prevailing ethnic issues in the area and recommended a series of activities to address the issues. The meetings were held under NPC’s project Collective Engagement for Religious Coexistence (CERF).
District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) in eight districts - Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Matara, Kurunagala, Batticaloa, Hambantota and Galle - held their monthly meetings with necessary health regulations and social distancing rules in place to ensure the safety of its members, limiting numbers to between 20 to 25. Public Health Inspectors outlined precautions necessary to curtail the spread of Covid-19.
A training programme for marginalised groups on leadership and good governance was held on Delft Island in the Jaffna District with the participation of 60 people under NPC’s project Community Engagement and Initiatives for Transition (ACE-IT), which in funded by the European Union.
Several media conferences were held in several districts organized by District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to promote an election free of hate speech and fake news in order to protect democracy and strengthen the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in the country.
An online course on Peace Building and Pluralism for Academics was conducted as part of NPC’s Creative Youth Engagement for Pluralism (C-YEP) project.
A meeting to raise awareness on the rights of marginalised people was held in Gampaha. A total of 65 participants attended the meeting, the first to be held after restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were eased.
A Civil Society Platform (CSP) meeting was held in Anamaduwa with the participation of 75 civil society activists.