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JICA volunteers begin welfare services

The latest batch of JICA volunteers arrived in Sri Lanka on January 24. The volunteers provide services in their specific fields of expertise.

Young JICA volunteers are sent to developing nations as a part of the Japanese government’s Technical Cooperation Programme and their activities are aimed at providing assistance in economic and social development at the grassroots level.

The Japanese volunteers conduct their activities in Sinhala or Tamil, depending on the region they are assigned.

This new batch of two JICA volunteers will engage in the provision of services in the field of Japanese Language Education and Music. The volunteers will be attached to the institutions which are under the purview of the Education Ministry. They will work in Sri Lanka for two years. Currently, there are 47 volunteers working in all nine provinces. Since the introduction of the programme in 1981, over 1,100 JICA volunteers have served in Sri Lanka.

On February 22, two volunteers were introduced to their host organisations at the assigning ceremony, which was held at the External Resources Department (ERD). The occasion was graced by the ERD, JICA, officials representing the volunteers’ host organisations and other institutions.

The volunteers commenced work on February 23.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the executing agency of the Japan’s Bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA). It is the world biggest bilateral aid agency. On behalf of Japan, the JICA contributes to uplift the livelihood of Sri Lankans. 


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