‘Youn Puraya’ The City of Youth – 2017

June 2, 2017

Motivating young people to contribute to the National Development Process and to provide them with the needed skills, ‘Yowun Puraya 2017’, leadership & outward-bound training program organized by the Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs and the National Youth Services Council, was held at Mechaizer outdoor stadium, Trincomalee for 05 consecutive days. The program was held from the 29th of May to the 02nd of April 2017.

With the participation of 5500 National Youth Council Members, 200 other Youth Associations, 200 School Prefects and 100 foreign youth, more than 6000 youth from all the over the island was benefited by this year’s Yowun Puraya program.

The program included various activities, sessions, exhibitions, and training programs. The main objectives of the program were to build relationships, reconciliation and bilateral agreement among Sri Lankan youth and share their experience with each other, to share knowledge and experience with foreign youth on the topics of youth development in order to develop mutual understanding among Sri Lankan Youth. Various group work activities on education, sports, cultural and entertainment took place to initiate conversations on national development among the participant’sand get their ideas and suggestions on issues and places of improvement.

With the request from Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure to organize an awareness program for youth, ICTA – Industry Development Programme with other 03 ICTA Initiatives; SMART Social Circle, SL-CERT (Computing Security), Coding in School, conducted sessions focusing on specific objectives. Some of the topics covered include awareness and training programmes, youth involvement as knowledge agents of the SMART Social Circle initiative, Special capacity building/awareness programmes and training forums on digital technologies. Additionally, for the participants, a career guidance was conducted. The Industry Development Program was able to disseminate their knowledge with 500+ youth in four main areas; New Technology Age, Entrepreneurship, Freelancing & Online Jobs and Ideation. These topics will be highly valuable as they will prepare the next generation of youth for the future.

Pic 1 - The opening ceremony of ‘Yovunpuraya-2017’ via news.lk

The opening ceremony of ‘Yovunpuraya-2017’ via news.lk

Pic 2 - via nysc.lk

via nysc.lk

Pic 5 - Sessions by Industry Development Programme, ICTA (

Sessions by Industry Development Programme, ICTA

Pic 4 - Sessions by Industry Development Programme, ICTA (3)

Sessions by Industry Development Programme, ICTA

Pic 3 - Sessions by Industry Development Programme, ICTA (1)

Sessions by Industry Development Programme, ICTA

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