The Project Completion Meeting of FORWARD Project was held in SLIDA on 4th January with the patronage of Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister of Public Administration and Management as the Chief Guest. Mr Fusato TANAKA, the Chief Representative of JICA was the Guest of Honour at this meeting.
The FORWARD Project implemented in the Northern, Eastern and North Central Provinces and has trained 3160 Frontline Officers (Grama Niladharis, Community Development Officers, Development Officers, Rural Development Officers, Devinaguma Development Officers, Economic Development Officers, Agriculture Instructors, Public Health Midwives, Public Health Inspectors, Woman Development Officers, Samurdhi Development Officers, Family Health Workers, Agriculture Research & Production Assistant, Child Right Promotion Assistant) on subjects such as Communication Skills & Conflict Management, Community Empowerment, Leadership & Team Building, Good Governance & Productivity, Community Level Planning &Project Management and Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Development. The project has exceeded the planned target of beneficiary trainees by 140%. There has been an independent evaluation conducted over the project and it was revealed that the project is considered as very successful.
Mrs.Wasantha Perera, Director General/SLIDA and the National Project Director of the FORWARD project stated that the training manuals prepared under the project have been shared with the other Districts which were not included in the project, so that the benefit of the project will be absorbed by a wider group. She appreciated the excellent support extended by JICA as the sponsor and thanked the support extended by the Ministry of Public Administration, Chief Secretaries and the Directors of MDTUs in implementing the project.
Mr.J.J. Rathnasiri, Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration and Management, Mr.D.M.S. Abayagunawardana, Chief Secretary of Eastern Province, Mr. A. Pathinathan, Chief Secretary of Northern Province, Mr. H.M. Thilakabandara, Deputy Chief Secretary of North Central Province, Mr. G.D. Keerthi Gamage, Additional District Secretary, Anuradhapura, Ms. D. Ratnayake, Chief Financial Officer of the Ministry of Public Administration and Management and other representatives of JICA also participated at this meeting. Ms. Roshanie Dissanayake, Senior Consultant/SLIDA and the Deputy National Project Director of the FORWARD Project organized and coordinated the meeting.