The statue of most prominent former indigenous community chief, Late Uruwarige Thisahamy Aththo erected in Dambana.
Every year, 9 August is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, with special events around the world, including at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education.
Education is a mean through which indigenous peoples better develop the skills to manage the development of their community and to actively participate at all levels of decision-making processes.
UNIC Colombo held a non-formal educational programme to raise awareness among indigenous peoples in Dambana on the important issues highlighted by the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other issues such as barriers for education, resource constraints, drop out of indigenous children from school, bilingual inter-cultural education and lack of social infrastructure services.
The Venue: “Dambana Aadivaasee jana Uruma Kendraya”
Receiving Chief of Indigenous People’s community in Sri Lanka, Uruwarige Wanniya Aththo to the programme by UNIC staff member
A focus on access to education; school attendance; improving reading, sports activities for personal development; and finishing school is a must.
Chief, Vanniyaleththo reads the UN Declaration…
and relates a peculiar story… She needs to do Performing Arts, of course she has all the qualifications..Her winning smile proves that.
Drawstring bag to remind the value of education.., A gift by UNIC.
ආදිවාසී ජනතාවගේ අයිතිවාසිකම් පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ පකාශනය
17 වන වගන්තිය 2: “රජයන් ආදිවාසී ජනතාව සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමෙන් හා සහයෝගයෙන් ඔවුන් අනතුරකට විශේෂයෙන් ලක්වීමට ඇති හැකියාව හා ඔවුන් බල ගැන්වීමට අධයාපනයේ ඇති වැදගත්කම සැලකිල්ලට ගෙන ආදීවාසී ළමයින් ආර්ථික සූරා කෑමෙන් හා ළමයින්ගේ අධයාපනයට හානිකර හෝ බාධා විය හැකි හෝ ළමයගේ සෞඛයයට හෝ කායික, මානසික, අධයාත්මික, සදාචාර හෝ ඔවුන්ගේ සමජ සංවර්ධනයට අනතුරු විය හැකි කිසියම් කාර්යයක් ඉටු කිරීම වැළක්වීමට නිශ්චිත පියවර ගත යුත්තේය….”
The observances of the Day by UNIC Colombo took place with an open forum discussion on education of indigenous peoples on 20 August 2016 at Aadivasi Jana Uruma Kendraya in their own habitat in Dambana with the participation of Uriwarige Wanniya Aththo, the chief of vedda community, some school principals, teachers and senior students.
The rights of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Also by a number of other international human rights instruments. Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training. Where data exist, in spite of these instruments, they show consistent and persistent disparities between the indigenous and the non-indigenous population in terms of educational access, retention and achievement. Their right to education has not been fully realized.
As distinct peoples, indigenous peoples have developed their own knowledge systems, values, institutions, practices and economies, often based on sustainable management or natural resources. Likewise, indigenous peoples have their own cultural methods of transmitting knowledge.
It is high time that authorities take action to clear barriers to education for indigenous students such as lack of text books and resources, drinking water and facilities for extra-curricular activities.
Hats off to those who pursued higher studies amidst tremendous hardships and today doing a great service not only to their own community but also to the main stream. UNIC Colombo pays its much gratitude to Messrs. Dambane Gunawardena, Dharmarathe, Premadasa and Wimalaratne for their valuable contribution and assistance in conducting the event. The spirit with which the Chief, Wanniya Aththo serves his people is admirable.
Attractive dancing performance by Indigenous children appeared in a website on Sri Lankan Wannilaaththo (indigenous people) courtesy: http://vedda.org/wanniyalaeto.htm
Local radio station cater to the indigenous community in Dambana
Aadivasi Jana Uruma kendraya and the museum:
Scenic Beauty on the way to Dambana:
Sorabora Wewa with a Unique Natural Stone Sluice – සොරබොර වැව