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The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation is mandated with the responsibility of promoting peace, unity and harmony among the communities in the country which is fundamental for sustainable development. Considering the National importance of integration and reconciliation, His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena has brought this Ministry under his direct purview and is also the Minister in-charge of this Ministry. The Ministry has proposed to declare "National Integration Week" every year from 8th to 14th January. Cabinet of Ministers have granted approval for the National Integration and Reconciliation week.The dates are aligned to the date of assumption of office by His Excellency the President, as this Government has focused on unity, national integration and reconciliation as an important theme. The Main aim of this initiative is to promote among communities of different ethnic, religious, cultural and regional diversities about the unity, peace, affection and brotherhood. This is a "nation building" effort that lays foundation for united, strong, reconciled and prosperous nation which recognizes “Unity in Diversities” said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

In the national integration and reconciliation week, it is proposed to conduct the following programmes island-wide.

  1. Promote national integration among school children

The programme includes speech by students on national integration in the school assembly in all schools and in the classrooms during the national week expressing the importance of national integration.

  1. Sensitization and awareness

Create sensitization and awareness in all three languages through print, electronic and social media on the importance of national integration to the general public.

  1. Encourage Private sector involvement in integration programmes

Involve the private and corporate sector to undertake suitable integration programmes as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

  1. North South Dialogue and Inter-Village Exchange Programmes

Promote and undertake North South Dialogue and inter-village Exchange Programmes focusing on community leaders to share, learn, experience and understand the cultural diversities.

  1. Competition to promote national integration

Promote exhibitions and conduct competitions on essays, art, cartoon, poems and short stories on national integration.  Conduct orientation on integration to Daham Pasal teachers to serve as “change Agents” to advocate and disseminate the importance of national integration and reconciliation among children.

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The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 emphasize on “peace building” as an important theme to make the world the happiest place to live. In this context, the proposed “National Integration Week “declared by His Excellency the President as Minister in-charge for the subject of national integration and reconciliation is an important intervention to sensitize and make a change in the mindset of the people towards building peace, harmony, unity and brotherhood among communities which is vital for sustainable development said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

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