Publishing a journal specifically for primary and secondary school Teachers

Understanding the crucial role played by teachers in the mode of delivery of education, and in fact even in the very implementation of any education reform, Viluthu began to work towards strengthening their capacities, especially through the publication of a monthly Journal.

This journal “Ahavili” is the first teachers’ journal to be published in Sri Lanka, and even in TamilNadu. It can be asserted that it has facilitated the elevation of the vocation of teaching to that of a profession by its very existence. It has encouraged many teachers to write and publish their research papers.

Publishing a popular magazine walking the thin edge of commercialism on the one hand and social responsibility on the other

The Irukkiram magazine was begun with the aim of propagating the values related to good governance, gender equality, and co-existence amongst the masses over a long term. That is why it was designed as a commercial magazine that could sustain its continuation. The style adopted by Irukkiram in subtly intertwining its messages within the usual commercial contents is unique, and has not been experimented with even in Tamil Nadu with its countless number of literature churned out.

Publishing the most comprehensive gender training manuals in Tamil

Viluthu published “Thadaihalai Thaandi” which discussed in detail the concepts of participatory training, the various techniques of training, preparation of training curriculum integrated within programming, and sample training curriculums. The other training manual “ Sarinihar samaanamaaha” instructs on working in peace building projects. It discusses the need for good governance for peace, provides samples of localized projects and the corresponding training curriculums for peace activists working in these particular projects. This is again a unique contribution benefitting trainers in civil society organizations.

Introducing the concepts of study circle activities as an important element of strengthening of civil society activism

Study circles were introduced to a largely training fatigued civil society constituency back in 2005, as a crucial factor in strengthening civil society. Study circle methodology was developed by Viluthu over a period of time 2005 – 2009 based on the need for an informed and mobilized civil society. This has been adopted by numerous smaller groups today. Viluthu has further honed this method by the production and distribution of easy to read materials informing people on the important events of their country.