Peace and Reconciliation through Environment Education for Youths


Project name:

Peace and reconciliation through environment education for youths


Project area:

Badulla and Moneragala districts in Uva Province and Ampara district in the Eastern Province





Funded by:

Operation Day’s Work of Norway (through Operation Day’s Work Sri Lanka)


Project duration and status:

2004-2011 (Completed)


Project objective:

Sustainable peace and development achieved through education and environment action (Long term objective)


Specify objectives:

Youths from multi-ethnic groups are actively involved in environmental conservation and networking with one another;



To create an environment where youths from different ethnic groups interact positively


To provide opportunities for youths for better education and extracurricular activities


To mobilize youth from multi-ethnic groups into biodiversity conservation activities


To provide vocational training that leads to employment of youths




Project Activities and Outputs

Activities Outputs

Moblising of environment cadets mobilised and youth members engaged in the activities. The youth clubs formed in the regions conducted catchment area conservation programmes and many other activities.

Target: 5000 youths mobilised
6550 youth were engaged in 104 youth clubs.

Conservation and maintenance of water catchments – The aim was to restore degraded water catchments to its original conditions of bio-diversity which will eventually ensure its service as a watershed. Selected catchment areas were restored with native and useful plant species that suit the catchment area. Special action was taken to aware the community and to avoiding damages including the placement of sign boards.

Target: Conservation of 50 catchment areas

53 catchment areas in 7 Divisional Secretariat divisions were conserved.

Mahiyanganaya - 05

Welimada  - 06

Badalkumbura - 10

Monaragala - 10

Plantation Sector - 09

Maha-Oya - 08

Dehiattakanadiya - 05

Formation of environment cadet clubs – The youth in these clubs were engaged in catchment area conservation, various trainings (language training, vocational training etc) activities as well as sports, literary work etc. These clubs are able to function after the project is concluded.

136 clubs were formed

Establishment of organic home gardens – Youth were trained in organic gardening as a mean for obtaining organic and toxic free food for their consumption and as a mean of additional income. 958 organic gardens were established.
Language Classes – Sinhala youth were able to learn Tamil language and Tamil youth were able to learn Sinhala language under this activity. This created an opportunity to them to communicate each other. 2527 youths received language learning.
Assistance for Vocational trainings – Youth who required vocational trainings were provided with following trainings; carpentry, dress making, aluminium fabrication, leather products 271 received vocational training
TOT for selected youths – Training of Trainers was provided for selected youths 31 received TOT training
Networking: Youth clubs were grouped as clusters and and these were grouped at District level.  Development of leadership qualities and other skills were among the objectives of the programme. -
Training provided on environment and ethnic harmony (50 four-day trainings) – Awareness and training on various aspects of environment was provided and ethnic harmony was promoted during these trainings. Members of the youth clubs of various ethnic groups participated in these trainings. 676 participated in trainings.
Establishment of Drama teams – These teams were trained to mobilise and carry the message to the general public through a more attractive way 9 teams were established
Conduct leadership camps / trainings – Leadership training was among the key issues related to the youth mobilising. These trainings were to facilitate leadership training. 12 camps were held and 430 were trained.
Educational assistance provided (GCE O/L exam) – Educational assistance was provided for youth who were to face the GCE (Ordinary Level) examination held by the Government. -

Lessons learned:

• Plantation youth, long neglected in social mobilization activities, were engaged in this project.
• Continuation of catchment conservation

Project Pictures

Results after Catchment conservation (3rd year)   Leadership training - "facing challenges"
A trainee promoted as a female instructor in mechanized carpentry training   Mechanized carpentry training
Passed out trainees - 2011 Batch in mechanized carpentry training   Street drama performance
Participatory planning meeting   A conserved catchment area
Radio-TV mechanics training   A gathering for a meeting at Mahiyangana


  © Future in Our Hands Development Fund  
  Last updated: January, 2013