Spotlight on peace 2019 | Sunday Observer

Spotlight on peace 2019

Spotlight on Peace 2019 conducted by the International Youth Alliance for Peace (#IYAP) in collaboration with the British Council Sri Lanka, at the British Council Library, concluded on June 30.

It was graced by the chief guest, Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs, Mano Ganeshan, and special invitees and volunteers.

“As a country and as young people of this country, we have the right and the responsibility to ensure that past mistakes are not made: that they are not repeated in any form – Thirukumar Premakumar, Founder and Executive Director speaking on the ‘Role of Youth in reconciliation’ said.

The chief guest, speaking about the role and participation of youth in reconciliation emphasized the need to respect and embrace every religion and all the cultural indifference.

We express our solidarity with Sri Lanka in preventing extremism and emphasized that British Council Sri Lanka represents the UK in all aspects of cultural relations, building connections, and opportunities between the people of Sri Lanka and the UK.

The Peace Ambassador Leadership Program is an Initiative by IYAP and supported by The British Council, Sri Lanka. IYAP conducted an Active Citizen workshop in the Galle district for five days for 25 selected Young people from the Galle district comprising the different religions, (including Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims). It also represented members of the Southern Province Deaf Association (SP#DA).

The participants were given valuable insight on how to actively march towards achieving peace and reconciliation first within oneself and then the nation. The entire program was simultaneously interpreted by an interpreter for the special need volunteers from #Galle to make the event inclusive.

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