SLGTI established at Kilinochchi with Euro 8.7 million funding from Germany

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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and German Ambassador Dr. Juergen Morhard addressing the media in Colombo.

by Steve A. Morrell

The Sri Lanka German Training Institute (SLGTI) will be opened at Kilinochchi July 18 with Euro 8.7 million funding from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the establishment of the SLGTI is sequel to bilateral relations between the governments of Sri Lanka and Germany.

This Training Institute will be opened by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The war ended in 2009 resulting in the development of the North and East. The Kilinochchi Training Institute was clearly an area of integration and normalization to afford opportunities for young people who could be trained in skills subject to their aptitudes and interests, the minister told a news conference in Colombo last week.

He said the SLGTI was a gift from the German government to establish this training Institute.

Skills development and training will not be restricted to only the North and East but those eligible would also include youth from rural as well as from urban areas in other parts of the country, Samarasinghe stressed.

The minister also alluded to the previaling free education system and assured that, contrary to unfounded claims, the status of the education system would not be changed.

He said the language of instruction at Kilinochchi will be English, which was necessary, and was more conducive to opportunities for employment after training was completed.

German Ambassador Dr. Juergen Morhard said vocational training and assistance to Sri Lanka by the German government could be traced back over 50 years.

Bilateral relations between both countries were good and were further strengthened by President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Germany and his meeting with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he noted.

Skills training was now an important aspect of education in Germany; and although academic qualification was at an advantage, skills training and technical knowledge were equally an important aspect of personal advancement in Germany. Similarly, in Sri Lanka too, such skills would be in demand with substantial wages that could be commanded.