1. Motivation letter to the national Youth Services Council
Sri Lankan development needs youth
The Sri Lankan integration and it‟s ideals of human culture and democracy provide a strong
motivation for me to contribute to the development of our nation. I am convinced that
Co-operation and a balance of interest are necessary to achieve good and stable relations
throughout Sri Lanka, Co-operation has always been for me, the key element of my volunteer
Today, I believe that as young people we courageously play a key role in the reunification of the
country and its full realization still remains one of the biggest challenges but also it presents
opportunities for our generation.
Since the age of eleven, I have been involved in Scouting. I have been active as a college troop
leader, in trainings for leaders, within regional and national leadership and in positions of
external representation, often with a focus on advocacy and youth policy.
Though Sri Lankan development needs youth, However, there‟s “a great danger that many
national youth policy documents remain „on the shelf ‟, unknown and unread by the broader
population, and specially by young men and women.”
It is vital that those responsible for making decisions regarding youth policies maintain regular
dialogue with young men and women. I stress that youth participation should be by choice,
enjoyable, challenging and fun, and able to influence decisions.
Wide range of experience
Currently my strongest engagement is with a local volunteer organization. I have volunteered
and given my services to the Dhamrivi Foundation. A counseling foundation initiated by a
handful of intellectuals to provide residential and part time counseling services for those who
are dippressed,lonely and to give guidance to them.
In 2011 the Dhamrivi Foundation organized a fund raising project, a musical event. This project
highlighted to me the importance of effective capacity building and investment in youth projects.
Volunteering and getting involved in various capacities has allowed me to develop skills and
attitude to effectively represent platforms and organizations and their interests. The knowledge,
and inspiration that my experience have given me, strongly motivates me to act as responsible
youth in this country.
2. Clear priorities for crucial steps
Based on my personal capacities and experiences, this is the set of priorities, which I would like
to make aware of,
Enable strong Co-operation and exchange among active youth bodies,
We need to share and concretely implement local examples of best practices and provide actions
rather than consultations.
Respond and share Sri Lankan,South Asian and global developments together with the member
organization in a coordinated way,and jointly influence youth policy with appropriate actions.
Interregional Co-operation needs further promotion and facilitation in order to develop existing
Co-operation,promote quality partnerships and support democratic and inclusive youth work
structures. I am convinced that Sri Lanka and South Asia has to be a committed and responsible
And result driven,concrete implication,proper work delegation, giving responsibility and the
right power and authority to the right man at the right time and responsible action at interregional
and global levels. This should not be the sole domain of governments because I strongly believe
that youth organizations have a crucial role to play for the present and the future development.
In order to face global challenges,our Organization need to work together to achieve our shared
visions. Therefore global stakeholders are important partners in improving the lives of young
people in all regions of the world.
If we fail to make a change,history will judge us harshly.
Create a climate for youth participation throughout Sri Lanka and South Asia.
We need concrete actions from volunteers and volunteer organization‟s,college club &
societies,university associations in Sri Lanka and South Asia by interacting in order to ensure
recognition,promotion and sufficient support for volunteers as well as strong support to
voluntary based and led Organizations.
Strengthen independent stakeholders which are crucial for stable civil socities,with active and
able to contribute through solid actions,National Youth Councils advocating to the needs and
interests of young people.For this reason we should continue to put our effort in youth work
development to achieve a better representation of all groups of young people from all corners of
Sri Lanka and South Asia.
Youth affairs minister should take due course by activation of youth participation in all phases
of developing a national youth policy “from the bottom up and not the top down”.
There should be a result driven,practical mechanism for the establishment of United Nations
Youth theme groups with in the country programmes of the UN Development Programme to
coordinate youth activities of the UN System.
3. A National Youth Commission should be established and inaugareted by the executive of the
Country.The commission should be established with young men and women who are well
educated, capable and developed the right attitude,skills and abilities. The should be based in the
President Secetariat. In preparing policy,the commission hold a national youth
summit,representing all the districts in Sri lanka with only representatives, a selected number of
youth hearings across the country,provincial youth summits and other seminars to discuss the
major issues,challenges and needs of young people. All the representatives of major youth
groups,political organizations and government departments should gather to review the first draft
of the national youth policy and recommend changes. Later the policy should be adopted.
To create a climate for youth participation throughout Sri Lanka and south Asia again as a
second option what we could do is demonstrate commitment to a thorough involvement of young
people, a summit meeting, and youth dialogues in all districts of the country. The national youth
commission should be headed by the Executives Youth Advisor, who has a proven track record,
and have hands on experience and influential in decision making and an authoritive power
possessed by him to command the National Youth Commission.
For Sri Lankan State University student‟s human rights, along with conflict prevention should be
a priority for Sri Lankan university youth in particular. The reported frequent bans on student
organizations, and police brutality against unarmed students, should be concluded that Sri
Lankan youth to participate meaningfully in their self-development, their freedom expresses
themselves and their freedom from fear guaranteed. The state university youth should have the
right to organize, education, employment, and free and public expression.
In some cases the appointment of a special rapporteur to monitor youth rights and report to the
UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
The idealism and energy of youth are fuel for social and political change. In that case grooming
this youth is essential, in the right manner through strenuous processes and solid strategic plans.
The implications should be practical and result driven.
Despite the many resolutions of the General Assembly to strengthen the involvement of young
people in International forums, only four ( 4 ) of the 185 Member States have youth delegates to
the Annual UN General Assembly session.Denmark,The Netherlands, Norway and Austria.
It‟s of paramount importance that from our part Sri Lanka realize this and look this an
opportunity and grasp with both our hands and groom some youth for the future so in the years to
come it will pay dividends.
4. And hence in addition to increasing the youth participation in delegations to the United Nations,
some point to the need to increase the recruitment and career development of qualified young
people with in the UN itself. As it stands, the average age of UN staff members is 49 years old.
And over 40 percent of the professional staff will be retiring over the next ten years.
There should be a political will to increase youth power that are very well educated, trained,
thorough exposure and experience, skilled and capable and influence within established
governmental and intergovernmental circles. If not, young people will simply continue to do
what they have been doing all along, organizing outside of the official halls of power.
Readiness for commitment
My commitment is based on the variety of responsibilities I have been given and the experiences
they have given me.I am whole heatedly willing to accept and relish the challenges and
responsibilities required. I would closely work and exchange with entities represent. I look
forward to the challenge of representing the diversity of our platform to external partners and
stakeholders and to do this in this in close exchange and communication with all member
Children and young people need to be at the heart of policy and programmes in order to achive a
better, sustainable society in which they are no iron curtains of poverty,injustice and inequality!
Only together in the spirit of co-operation, can we build upon the achievements of the past and
tackle the challenges of the future. This way we ensure the contribution and continuation of a
strong and flourishing platform, representing the interests and the visions of all Sri Lankan and
South Asian Youth.
I would like to thank you for your time and concentration ,to ask you for your support so that
together we can work to build a stronger Youth Forum,a better Sri Lanka,South Asia and a
It‟s the youth who has to concentrate on its strengths and transform it to a power,the power is in
every youth not only in some of us,we have to change ourselves in order to change others for a
D.G.L.R De Silva