USAID launches English teaching program in NE

[TamilNet, Friday, 16 July 2004, 14:37 GMT]
Mr. Justin Sherman, Country Representative of USAID's Office Transition Initiatives (OTI) Thursday launched a US funded training of trainers program to enhance the standard of English teaching in the districts of Jaffna and Trincomalee.

"USAID is enthusiastic about this activity for several reasons, not least among them the impact that English can have a link language in a diverse society," said Mr. Sherman at the project launch in Jaffna Thursday.

"As a benefit of peace, opportunities for self-advancement are at the top of the list. This training will give teachers the skills and tools they need to make a significant difference in the lives of tens of thousands of young Sri Lankans," he said.

The program, managed and implemented by the British Council over an eight-month period, will develop the expertise of local professionals, and enhance the motivation, performances, and job opportunities of students. More than five hundred teachers and teach trainers, as well as 40,000 students in the two districts will benefit from the program, US Embassy in a press release said.

USAID/OTI's Sri Lanka program generated support for the negotiated peace settlement to end the long-standing conflict in Sri Lanka. OTI supported activities demonstrate tangible benefits of peace; increase the exchange of accurate, balanced information on peace issues; and promote community level conflict management and peaceful co-existence. Since March 2003, USAID/OTI's flexible and fast small-grants program in Sri Lanka has made 178 grants totaling US$ 4 million, the press release added.

 

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