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Public Programme

Since June 2022, MinorMatters has conducted 9 FoRB workshops based on the Museum of Religious Freedom reaching over 200 children, youth and teachers in the Southern, Eastern and North Western provinces of the country. Another 1600 youth, teachers and children have been reached through FoRB messaging, training and dialogues in follow up initiatives to these workshops.

MinorMatters conducted a two-day workshop on the freedom of religion or belief with the participation of 25 youth leaders from different religious backgrounds in Batticaloa on June 11 and 12, 2022. The workshop was coordinated by the Batticaloa based NGO, Local Initiatives for Tomorrow (LIFT). Subsequent to the workshops, students and youth who participate in the workshops were provided with small grants to develop campaigns to promote FoRB in their respective communities. Accordingly, in extension, as a follow up to the workshop, LIFT organized three other workshops on FoRB reaching 90 youth in the Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts.

On 17 and 18 November, 2022, MinorMatters in partnership with the Community Encouragement Foundation in Puttalam carried out a workshop based on the Museum of Religious Freedom for 25 youth in the North Western Province. Following the workshop, the youth trained were supported with small grants to implement projects to promote FoRB in the region.

MinorMatters conducted a two-day workshop in Galle on June 29 and 30, 2022, in partnership with the Southern Province Education Department. Held at the Management Development and Training Institute in Wakwella, the workshop brought together 36 students between the ages of 16 and 18 from across the district. The sessions which revolved around freedom of religion or belief and the country’s history in relation to religious freedom were conducted based on the content of the museum. Following the workshop, the children implemented four projects on the themes of fostering religious harmony and advancing FoRB in the district.