Core Activities 2018

 Validation Workshop for Sri Lanka Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDG’s.

Mr Tissa Bandaragoda Chair SLWP and Ms Leelangi Wanasundara Secretary SLWP participated at the above workshop held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on 31st May 2018. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Wild Life and Regional Development.  The workshop was chaired by the Hon Minister of Sustainable Development and attended by all agencies involved in SDG implementation including the Secretary to the President who is the Chair of the newly established Sustainable Development National Council SLWP is one of the few non state organizations involved in the SDG validation process and Ms Kusum Athukorala RC member has represented SLWP at all discussions on the above.

SLWP is also member of the Sri Lanka SDG Stakeholder Group which seeks to integrate the views of most non state players in SDG implementation in Sri Lanka.

SLWP Programme Committee Meeting and Steering Committee Meeting was held on 28th March 2018 at IWMI

International Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Day program organized by SLWP in collaboration with YWCA

SLWP which has been a pioneer in promoting Menstrual Hygiene Management  (MHM) awareness since 2015 celebrated International MHM day at the St Antony’s Balika Vidyalaya , Katugastota  on the 25th May. This program was organized by Ms Kusum Athukorala in collaboration with the Dept of Education and the Regional Dept of Health Services Central Province with the support of the YWCA Sri Lanka. Mr Lionel Jayathileke, Dr Kumudu Bandara, Ms Manel Pushpalatha and Ms Rajini Sureka were the resource persons. The students were led in the creation of a MHM wheel and took part actively in a Q & A. Ten teachers and 250 girls participated in the program.

SLWP has facilitated the participation of Ms Lionel Jayawickrema and Ms Manel Pushpalatha in a regional MHM TOT program this year and plan to further expand the training cadre in Central Province.

World Water Day Celebrations with SLFI

A World Water Day Programme was held on Sunday 25th March at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute for 38 schools in the Western Province. The Programme was organized by the Planning Division of the Western Provincial Council in collaboration with the University of Colombo and Lanka Jalani. Over 200 students in grades 6 to 13 attended this full day programme along with about 150 teachers and parents. Prof. Deepthi Wickramasinghe SLWP Activity Leader on Ecosystems and Wetlands and her staff from the university   served as resource persons. Mr Ranjith Ratnayake Country Coordinator and Mr Thakshila Premaratne also attended the programme. The main objective of the full day training   workshop was to establish networking among schools in WP especially activating and linking the Environmental Cells in these schools. It was decided that Newsletter in Sinhala /English would be produced and shared among the WP schools on quarterly basis to encourage interest and interaction on water and environmental issues.  The Secretary Ministry Local Government and Environment of the WPC was the Chief Guest on this occasion.

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World Water Day and Awareness Programme by Ma Oya Mithuro

SLWP Local Partner Ma Oya Mithuro organized a school awareness programme commemorating World Water Day 2018 on 22nd March at Kegalle Baminiwathta Maha Vidyalaya. 80 students participated for the programme from grade 8-9. This is a 2 Stage programme and 2nd stage will be carried out after the school holidays.

WWD Citizen Science Program for School Community for Improved Disaster Risk Reduction in Denuwara and Aranayake Educational Zones.

The Programmes were organized buy Sri Lanka Water Partnership in collaboration with Ma Oya Kuda Oya surakeeme sanvidanaya, Netwater and Lions Club of Pilimathalawa. The target group was the Principals of the Aranayake and Denuwara educational divisions.

Water quality issues, specially dumping of garbage and chemicals and how school community can adapt to climate change and school activities that could carry out to make aware of these issues were discussed at the programme. Resource persons from National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Director of Education of Central Province, Mr. Ravi Peiris, Member from Lions Club of Pilimathalawa, Member from Ma Oya Kuda Oya Surekime Sanvidanawa participated in this programme as Resource Persons.

First programme was held on 14th March at Welimada Vidyalaya, Aranayake. Total of 51 participated the programme including 38 Principals.

The Second Programme was held on 19th March at Deerananda Maha Vidyalaya with the participation of 180 principals.

 WWD 2018 Joint Private Sector Activity with Unilever

As a result of joint private sector collaboration activity with Unilever Sri Lanka, World Water Day Programmes were carried out in 5 schools in Agarapathana. Activities were carried out including Awareness programmes on water saving, Street Dramas on Importance of Water and other water related activities. The programmes were held in following schools, Tangakelle TMV, AgrapathanaTMV, Dayagama TV, and Dayagama East TMV Meraya TMV.

World Water Day Walk at Gadaladeniya Maha Vidyalaya

Another World Water Day Walk was organized by the Lions Club of Pilimathalawa on 22nd March at Gadaladeniya Maha Vidyalaya from Gadaladeniya School to Pilimathalawa. 226 School children from Grade 6 – Grade 10 and 15 Teachers participated the programme.

World Water Day Walk from Pilimathalawa to Kadugannawa

A World Water Day Walk was organized by the SLWP local partner the Lions Club of Pilimathalawa from Pilimathalawa to Kadugannawa on 18th March. This was started along with an awareness programme for the participating school children and parent at “Seecha Banquets Hall, Pilimathaklawa”. 87 school children participated the walk along with parents, Bazzar community and members of the Lions Club of Pilimathalawa. Printed banners and message board were carries as an awareness to the public of the water scarcity and important of the Integrated Water Management.

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A Programme Committee Meeting of SLWP was held on 28th March 2018.

Climate Change Adaptation Programme for School Children aiming SDG goals 5 & 6

The above programme was held in 27th and 28th February at Rattepitiya Maha Vidyalaya and Manikdiwela Maha Vidyalaya. The Programmes were organized by SLWP in collaboration with YWCA. Programme was held for Two and Half hours explaining the Impacts of the Climate Change on the school community, School Sanitation and Child Rights and Welfare. Resource persons were from National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Ministry of Health and YWCA. 114 participated in Rattepitiya MV and 257 participated in the Manikdiwela MV.

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SLWP / Unilever Programme – School visits for Developing Proposed Activity in Agra Oya Zone

During the reconnaissance survey, the school administrators and teachers who were interviewed stated that the activity must focus on awareness building and capacity building through an integrated water management perspective. So at the initiation workshop plans were made to follow up on the activity ideas presented by the schools and a monitoring format was developed for each visits. Visits were carried out from 6th – 8th February. The crew included activity leader Ms. Kusum Athukorala, Officilas from Provincial Education Dept. , Officials from Unilever and the Monitoring Officer.

Overall visits were successful as the team was able to get a clear understanding of the issues facing schools, their strengths and challenges and the feasibility of the proposed activity. In many cases the proposed activity needed to be revised.

SLWP / Unilever Programme – Initiation Workshop (Joint Private Sector Activities)

The initiation programme of the Tea Landscape Programme was carried out on 5th February at Mipilimana Maha Vidyalaya, Nuwaraeliya. The activity is planned as a 2 Stage activity and the objective is to promote behavior change through enhancing knowledge of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) within school children, and influencing them to take the message to the immediate community. The target group is 15 Tamil schools situated in the Agra Oya basin, selected in collaboration with the Nuwara Eliya Zonal Education Office through a Reconnaissance survey in the early stage of this programme in December 2017. Resource persons from Department of Health and National Water Supply and Drainage Board.

Sri Lanka Stakeholder SDG Platform Meeting

Sri Lanka Water Partnership Country Coordinator participated in the above meeting on 27th February. The programme was held at the Auditorium of the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo. The Programme was focused on formulating preliminary strategies and action for establishing the Sri Lanka Stakeholder SDG Platform towards creating an independent monitoring-evaluation-reporting mechanism of the SDGs.

World Water Day Celebrations

SLWP (Lanka Jalani) celebrated World Wetland Day (WWD) on  2nd  February 2018 by collaborating with the Central Environment Authority (CEA) at the National Wetland Day celebrations held at “Apegama”, Cultural Center Battaramulla with HE The President as Chief Guest. SLWP has been involved with the CEA national celebrations on wetland day since 2016. Minister of Megapolis Development Hon Champika Ranawaka also participated in this event. Prof Dewaka Weerakoon of the Colombo University delivered the Keynote address on “Wetlands and sustainable urban cities”.

SLWP also participated in the WWD celebrations by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation ( SLLRDC) at its WWD Wetland Week celebrations on theme of “Promoting Colombo as 1st Wetland City” from 28th January to 2nd February 2018. The programme included a poster /seminar on 2nd February and SLWP exhibited a poster based on research study undertaken in Bolgoda wetlands by SLWP on “Bio-indicators in urban wetlands” by Activity Leader Prof Deepthi Wickramasinghe.

A Programme Committee Meeting of SLWP was held on 23rd February 2018.