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The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation under the guidance of his Excellency Maithiripala Sirisena conducted a program to orient over 1000 Sunday Religious School Teachers of all faith on reconciliation and peace building. The programme was held on 31st July 2017 in Hindu Cultural Hall in Trincomalee district. Hon. R. Sampanthan, Leader of the Opposition participated as Chief guest and the event was participated by Hon.A.H.M. Fowze, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, Hon.Rohitha Bogollagama, Govenor of the Eastern Province, Hon. Nazeer Ahamed, Chief Minister Northern Province and Parliamentarian Hon. Abdul Maharoof, M.P, Hon.Thurairatnasingam, M.P, Hon.Thoufeek, M.P and Hon. Ariyawathy Galapathy, Provincial Minister and other special dignitaries.

The Objective of this programme is to impart the knowledge on reconciliation and peace building to the religious school teachers and empower them as peace messengers / peace advocates and change agents to enable them to impart the knowledge to the Young school children and thereby contribute towards reconciliation and peace building efforts said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.



The Leader of the Opposition Hon.R. Sampanthan emphasized the need to make necessary constitutional reforms to ensure harmonious relationship and sustainable peace.

The orientation also emphasizes that in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, diversity should be recognized as richness while the Sri Lankan identity should bring a strong bond and unity. The religion was considered as a powerful platform / base to inculcate love, affection, brotherhood, sisterhood, tolerance which are essential values to improve human dignity that laid a foundation for unity, reconciliation and sustainable peace said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, the Ministry Secretary.

During the discussion, the religious school teachers emphasize on the need to provide a basic introduction on all religious fundamentals so that children will get a better understanding of the common values which will lead to improve the inter-religious relationship. The participants also emphasized on the need to inculcate ethics, values and virtues in the religious school teachings to improve the morale of the children, The religious school teachers also emphasized the need to promote learning of languages other than mother tongue to have a smooth communication among inter-ethnic groups which is fundamental for sustainable peace. The participants also emphasized the need to discourage and ban hate speeches said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

The pocket of incidence of attack of religious places of worships are carried out by very few extreme elements and the indiscriminate law enforcement is essential to maintain peace and harmony. All participants observed and pledged the national integration and reconciliation declaration and agreed to institutionalize the value systems and reconciliation principles into the religious school teachings.

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