These Readers were produced by the English Association of Sri Lanka in the nineties, and were made available at Rs 5 – Rs 10. They sold out rapidly, but now it has been possible to reprint some of them through the Parliamentarians’ Decentralized Budget. They will be distributed free of charge to schools in the Sabaragamuwa and Northern Provinces, but the publisher, International Book House, has been requested also to make low cost copies available nationwide.

The initial distribution to schools will take place at the Provincial Council offices in Ratnapura on April 7th, under the patronage of the Hon Maheepala Herath, Chief Minister of the Sabaragamuwa Province. This follows on workshops to train teachers of Primary English conducted by the English Language Teaching Department of Sabaragamuwa University at Eheliyagoda and Balangoda with the support of the Regional English Support Centres and Provincial English Administrators.

It is hoped to follow up on these with training in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya Districts.