Learning language to build bridges

Professor J.B. Disanayaka's latest book "Simple Tamil" will be launched at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute tomorrow at 4 p.m.

The book aims to teach Tamil children to write their letters. Published by Sumitha Publishers, the book is sponsored by CDB Finance Limited to facilitate free distribution of 10,000 copies to schools and libraries in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

"Simple Tamil" is written in a way that makes it possible for non-Tamil speakers to gain some knowledge of the Tamil writing system and for Tamil speakers to have an idea of Sinhala writing as well. Professor Disanayaka has involved himself in such work for some time as he believes that knowledge of each other's language is vital for understanding among people.

Professor A.T. Ariyaratne will be the Chief Guest and Professor Thilainathan and Professor Carlo Fonseka, along with the author will speak at the event which is open to the public.

A limited number of free copies of this 184 page book with colour illustrations will be presented to those attending the launch.

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