04-day residential Training of Trainer (ToT) workshop on the topic of “National Reconciliation through LLRC Implementation

The National Peace Council successfully completed a 04-day residential Training of Trainer (ToT) workshop on the topic of “National Reconciliation through LLRC Implementation:  Civil Society Initiative for a Home-grown Solution to Reconciliation”. The training started on Thursday 17th January and ended on 20th January 2013. The training was conducted at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training institute (HARTI) by national recognized resource persons and experts in the key thematic areas of the LLRC.
The main objective of the training was to form a core group of grassroots civil society actors/ trainers on LLRC recommendations as the first step to initiate grassroots process of national reconciliation. Based on NPC’s selection criteria, 20 civil society actors were selected for the training from 14 districts of Srilanka.  The participants came from Galle, Matara, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradapura, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. There were 13 male and 7 female participants; and all ethnic groups were represented in the group as follow Sinhala 08, Tamil 06 and Muslim 06.   
The group activities and participative exercises stimulated the participants and they identified that the topics covered during the training were most useful. Participants indicated that they gained substantial knowledge about the LLRC and were encouraged to mobilize their communities on LLRC and its contents.   
At the end of the training, participants were given an opportunity to conduct a presentation on the LLRC. The presentations were evaluated by an expert in communications and that proceeded to give helpful advice and tips to the participants with regard to improving their presentation skills on the field.  . Each participant’s presentation was videotaped and provided to them for the purpose of personal reflection and self-learning.