connections / September 3, 2012
Academic Action on the State of Higher Education
Over the past few months and weeks in particular- the state of State education has made headlines. In July this year the FUTA (Federation of University Teachers Associations) recommenced its trade union action which was suspended in July 2011 following discussions with the Government. The academics have been making several demands – from increased allocation on Government spending on education, better salaries to the de-politicization of the state education system.
Here’s a report on the trade union action –which includes views from academics, students, the public and Government officials.
Post-War Developments and Women’s Concerns
In post-war Sri Lanka there are many challenges to overcome-particularly for women living in the war affected regions of the North and East.
2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee’s visit to Sri Lanka during the third week of August, was to highlight some of these concerns byextending her support to “A Sri Lankan Women’s Agenda on Peace, Security and Development” led by the Association of War Affected Women(AWAW). Following this another discussion was organized by another group of women to highlight in particular “Sri Lankan Women’s Human Rights in Post-war andthe Growth Economy”.
Here’s a report on some of the findings made by these women’s organizations and what they are doing to improve the situation.
Thanga Sewal – Peace Building through Drama
A talented group of children from the Eastern province are being encouraged to pursue drama as a tool for peace building in their communities.