Building Schools

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Promoting home ownership and job creation, the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) is rolling out a campaign to disseminate construction skills to individuals.
Initially to be tested on a plantation housing project, the campaign will then help construct 300,000 estate homes under the Plantation Housing Programme before being rolled out islandwide. rn

rnThe ldblquote Homes For All
dblquote project will teach low cost home building skills to interested people in the locality of the housing projects. rn

rnFunds for the construction of the homes will be lent to the prospective home owners through state sponsored housing loan schemes and lending institutions.rn

rnThis, NHDA officials say will help families build their own homes and individuals to use their new found skills to earn a living a living. rn

rnLong term spin off effects expected from the campaign include stimulation for the construction sector, job creation and home ownership. rn

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