Pakistan – Sri Lanka Youth Exchange Programme

15 youth delegates from the Moderate Public School and College in Pakistan arrived Sri Lanka on 05.09.2015 for the Pakistan – Sri Lanka Youth Exchange Programme being implemented by the International Youth Relations Unit of the National Youth Services Council, and this team to be return to Pakistan on 12.09.2015. A 07 day programme is scheduled to be implemented with the participation of the 15 Sri Lankan youth delegates and this team ,selected to send to Pakistan, and in parallel with it a cordial discussion was held with the delegates of both parties on 09.09.2015 at 10.00 a.m. at the ministry premises under the patronage of Mr. K.A.S. Keeragala, Additional Secretary of the State Ministry of Youth affairs. The officers of the State Ministry of Youth Affairs and the National Youth Services Council participated in this pragramme.

Sports Training Instructions Workshop for endowing a physically and Mentally balanced, healthy young generation

A four day residential sports training instructions workshop was held from 01.09.2015 to 04.09.2015, under the theme of endowing a physically and mentally balanced, healthy young generation to the nation, at the National Institute of Sports Science, Colombo for 50 vocational training instructors work in the training centers of the National Youth Services Council and the Youth Corps scattered through out the island under the State Ministry of Youth Affairs.

This series of programmes is held in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports with the intention of building nutritionally balanced distinctive citizens by eliminating the impediments caused by the social crisis of youth deviations from the sports within the contemporary society.

Accordingly, this intends to disseminate that knowledge through the instructors of the training centers coming under the State Ministry of Youth Affairs by providing a special training for them.

The inauguration ceremony of the sports training instructions workshop was commenced on a last day under the patronage of Secretary to the Ministry of Sports Mr. I.M.I.Rafeek, Additional Secretary (Development) of the State Ministry of Youth Affairs Mr. Sumanapala Keeragala, Director General of the Department of Sports Development Mr. K.D.S. Ruwanchandra ,and Director of National Institute of Sports Science Mr. Sajith Jayalal.

The certificates awarding ceremony was held successfully concluding the Sports Training Instructions Programme on 04.09.2015, and they suggested to continue this programme further due to its successfulness.

 

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme 2015

Based on the results obtained at the final interview for selection for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme, conducted in two stages on 27.07.2015 and 28th, Mr.Thilina Panduwawala and Miss. Naushalya Rajapakshe were selected to take part in the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme 2015/2016.

Offering of their appointment letters was taken place at 10.25 a.m. on 11.08.2015 under the patronage of Secretary to Ministry at Secretary’s office of the State Ministry of Youth Affairs.

International Youth Day 2015

The idea of declaring an “International Youth Day” was proposed by a group of young people gathered in Vienna, Austria at the United Nations World Youth Forum in 1991. Subsequently, a Resolution, proclaiming August 12 as the International Youth Day was recommended during the World Conference on Youth Ministers in Lisbon in 1998.

Accordingly, in the year 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed this recommendation and designated 12th August as the International Youth Day.

Since then, the UN Member States based on the themes declared by the UN for each year started commemorating the International Youth Day by way of organizing different programs focusing on youth and with their participation.

The Theme of the International Youth Day 2015 is “Youth Civic Engagement”. The State Ministry of Youth Affairs and The National Youth Services Council in collaboration with the UN country team especially the UN Youth Mechanism organized a Panel Discussion to celebrate this important day which was held at the Auditorium of the Ministry.

All the panelists were youth leaders and they spoke on the following topics in line with the theme of the International Youth Day.

a) Youth and Gender
b) Youth Labour Rights
c) Reintegration of Vulnerable Youth
d) Youth Political Participation and
e) Youth Volunteerism

Ms. Nilanthi Sugathadasa, Secretary, State Ministry of Youth Affairs and Mr. Subinay Nandy, The UN Resident Coordinator and the Resident Representative of the UNDP graced the occasion. The government officials, Heads of several UN agencies, representatives of the Donor Agencies, Youth related NGOs, and about 150 youth leaders representing different youth organisations participated at the event.

Ms. Nilanthi Sugathadasa, Secretary, State Ministry of Youth Affairs and Mr. Subinay Nandy , UN Resident Coordinator delivered the Welcome addresses. A message from the UN Secretary General Hon. Ban Ki Moon was read out by a youth leader. Panel discussions were moderated by Ms. Nushalya Rajapaksha and Mr. Thilina Panduwawala, UN Youth Delegates of the year 2015. Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mr. Adhil Bakeer Marker, Director, International Affairs, National Youth Services Council.

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