On 5th September 2020, the National Institute of Education (NIE) held the Inauguration Ceremony for the 2020 batch of candidates for Diploma in Special Education and Diploma in Sign Language at the New Auditorium, NIE.

Early Childhood Development Project is in partnership with NIE for the second consecutive year in sponsoring candidates to take up this course at NIE. Both Diploma courses are one year programs with on the job training component within the course period.

The chosen candidates are mainly voluntary primary school teachers and preschool teachers who are keen to qualify in Special Needs Education.

In 2019 ECD Project sponsored 22 candidates and this year ECD Project is sponsoring 65 candidates at NIE for these two Diploma courses.

The inauguration ceremony was held with the participation of the Director General NIE Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawarathna, Deputy Director General NIE Visharad Sudath Samarasinghe and Director of Ministry of Education for Special Education Dr. K D Punyadasa with Guest of Honor Dr. Ravi Nanayakkara Project Director Early Childhood Development Project.