Cricketers endorse youth empowerment programme in Sri Lanka
"Empowering youth is a key for sustainable development" – Mahela
By Damith Samarakoon | July 15, 2012
Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene at the CGYE programme website launch on June 28, 2012. © CGYE
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene and former captain Kumar Sangakkara lent their support recently to launch the Career Guidance and Youth Empowerment Programme (CGYE) in Sri Lanka.
The CGYE programme, which is backed by the National Youth Services Council, International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations Volunteers Programme, aims to empower Sri Lankan youth by creating avenues for them to find better career opportunities.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara took part in an event held at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo on June 28 to launch the websites of the CGYE programme and the Connect Lanka Youth Movement.
“Empowering youth is a key for sustainable development in Sri Lanka and the role education has in this process is very large,” Mahela Jayawardene said at the event.
“I hope education institutions will join hands with these youngsters by partnering with this project and thereby empower the future leaders of our motherland.”
Sangakkara spoke about the importance of not only public sector employment but also the key role the private sector needed to play in a developing economy to create more employment opportunities for today’s Sri Lankan youth.
“The opportunity for the private sector firms to reach out to untapped youth potential through CGYE is extremely exciting”, Sangakkara told the gathering.
“Today’s youth are looking for challenging new opportunities and the firms in the private sector are well equipped to cater to this demand. CGYE can provide a good grassroots level platform for corporate involvement, so I invite all private sector firms to support these youngsters in their work.”
The CGYE programme will reach out to youth in the northern, eastern, central and southern provinces of Sri Lanka.
The programme is made-up of youth representatives from Connect Lanka, Training For Trusteeship Programme of the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER), Rotaract Clubs of ANC, Colombo Up-Town and Colombo North.
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