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Call to end corporal punishment in Sri Lanka by 2020 ( 09 photos )

Awareness walk themed ‘Walk for Real Change’ to be organized on the 30th of September 2018 at 3.00pm from Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF).

25th September 2018: At a media briefing held at SLF, Colombo, Stop Child Cruelty oraganisation including an Alliance of Professionals and a group of Religious Dignitaries highlighted a special program aimed at ending Corporal Punishment (CP) in schools permanently by 2020.

For decades we have seen the problem escalating steadily in most of our schools, and attempts taken to eliminate this scourge from the education system have failed.

Violent physical harm inflicted upon children leads to major emotional and psychological scars with consequences which manifest in adulthood.

Bullying, aggressive behavior and ragging in universities are few detrimental after effects which have been proven scientifically through credible research.


Globally, 131 countries including Sri Lanka have taken an enlightened stand and taken significant steps to ban CP due to the serious negative impact CP has on the minds of children in their formative years and on society.

ECP 2020 is a unique initiative, which commenced taking all these factors into consideration.

This Campaign is unique in that, it is designed by a civil society organization, Stop Child Cruelty but is partnered by the Presidential Secretariat (Daruwan Surakimu) and the Sri Lanka Foundation, two leading Institutions of the Government of Sri Lanka.

ECP 2020 aim is to present a Petition signed by over 2000 committed enthusiasts who want to see Sri Lanka as a nation free from CP.

The Pentagon Proposal which has been developed giving the five overarching key components that are essential to make this a reality.

These five components refer to the main arms of the government that are responsible for implementation.

Details of the Pentagon Proposal will be made public at the ‘Walk for Real Change’ scheduled on 30th September at 3pm at Independence Square.

The Pentagon Proposal will describe how ECP 2020 can be implemented stage by stage between now and 2020.

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1.) The Alliance of Professionals

2.) Presentation on End Corporal Punishment and summary of Pentagon Proposal by Dr Tush Wickramanayaka - Chairperson, Stop Child Cruelty

3.) Dr Hiranthi Wijemanne Former Chairperson NCPA, Former Director of UNICEF, Former Member Presidential Task Force on Child Protection

4.) Vidyajothi Prof. Harendra de Silva Founding Chairperson, NCPA and Professor Emeritus of Paediatrics (Col), Former Member Presidential Task Force on Child Protection addressing the gathering

5.) Prof Piyanjali De Zoysa Professor in Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Former Member Presidential Task Force on Child Protection

6.) Patron Otara Gunawardena

7.) Patron Sidath Wettimuny

8.) Youth Ambassador Miss Luckshi Ranasinghe addressing the gathering

9.) Dr Tara de Mel Former Member Presidential Task Force on Child Protection and Advisor to the President, Former Secretary Ministry of Education

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 04:13