JUST LAUNCHED LIBERALVALUES.LK - OUR NEW INITIATIVE
Our new initiative to understand liberalism through videos
Liberalism is a broad discussion that can be viewed from many aspects. It can be regarded as an idea for peaceful progression of human civilization; a concept that provides solution for social cooperation; a theory for global peace and prosperity through academic discourse; and a laymen understanding as a way of life to be the author of one’s own life.
FNF Sri Lanka has embarked on journey to create a clear and correct understanding about liberalism within the island. LiberalValues.lk is a website platform which has been crafted by our team based in Colombo to teach the fundamental values of liberalism through a series of 10 videos that one can watch, audio-only format to listen and articles that one can read.
Additionally, the platform is available in three different languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English. And to reach even broader population FNF Sri Lanka is exploring other methods of teaching and familiarizing the concept for citizens to be informed better and empowered to reinforce its own democratic framework.
Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic population which is diverse by language, religion, ethnicity and culture while being united by the Sri Lankan identity. However, with a series of events including the internal conflict, Sri Lanka has been lacking a clear solution to take the diverse population towards long term prosperity. This is where Liberalism can play its role by bringing ‘everyone’ together to cooperate regardless of their differences in class, religion, gender, language and ethnicity. The lack of political understanding can be traced back to the education system.
The public funded education system from the mid-twentieth century, thanks to C.W.W. Kannangara, has reached its highest milestone of creating a literate population with a literacy rate of over 95% at the time of writing. However, and though it is a remarkable achievement, the education system has failed to create a significant number of citizens well informed about their rights and obligations. One argument that can be levelled is that the education system has overlooked the academic discipline of Social Sciences. The system has popularly directed students to pursue subjects and professions related to Natural Sciences or STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which are important. These subjects hardly teach the scientific approach to changes that take place due to human interaction. Subjects related to human interaction include Psychology, Economics, Development Studies, Sociology, International Relations and more.
Updating the education system can be a mammoth task, but eventually a change that has to take place to bridge the knowledge gap between international community and local citizens of Sri Lanka. With the current economic crisis and the shift of global politics to a new era, it is crucial to take immediate measures to empower the Sri Lankan population to unite and cooperate keeping their differences aside. This is important for Sri Lanka as a collective, to take part in the global economy and politics. The cooperation mechanism should be one that creates an equal society and entail values that can be acceptable for all communities, ethnic groups and religious groups. Therefore, Liberalism seems to be plausible suggestion for a diverse country like Sri Lanka, and FNF Sri Lanka takes the initiative to create proper understanding about liberalism.
Therefore, we invite you to click here to Learn about Liberalism and understand for what it really means – Visit liberalvalues.lk