YESL programs in universities
“The University Grants Commission (UGC) has requested Young
Entrepreneur Sri Lanka (YESL) to extend its programs to the
It has been introduced to the University of Colombo,” said founder
YESL Sri Lanka Patrick Amarasinghe.
YESL, a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide founded in USA
is the world’s largest and fastest growing organisation dedicated to
educating students on practical business economics and entrepreneur
education at elementary, middle and high school levels.
It presently operates in 123 countries around the world.
events planned for GEW 2010 - Sri Lanka
* National reconciliation
through Entrepreneur Education in Schools and Universities
* Fellowship Programs with a
view of building better relationships among the business
community, students and potential entrepreneurs.
* Events on Entereprenurship
in Universities and Schools Islandwide
* The Biz Challenge: A
competition where the youth can send in their business ideas
and win an attractive package of benefits after the
completion of a series of leadership activities
* The Corporate Challenge:
competition held in a corporate level to anchorage employees
to contribute to the development of their organisation
* Workshop on “How to start
a Business” free of charge to anyone with an entrepreneurial
spirit and the determination to be their own boss
* Awards ceremony to reward
all those who participated in GEW 2010 giving their fullest
Amarasinghe said that YESL inspires and prepares children for a
better future through practical business economics and entrepreneur
Youth amounting to 5.5 m in the country is an asset. We train them to
be job providers rather than job seekers.Empowering youth to be job
providers should be considered a national service and supported by
everybody in the country as the youth is the future.
He requested organisations to support the program by cash or kind.
Amarasinghe said that with the end of the conflict and favourable
economic conditions, Sri Lankan youth have many opportunities to
contribute to society.
Every young person has something to offer for the development of a
country and it is society’s duty to help them to discover and exploit
YESL was started in Sri Lanka in 1998 as a pilot project with nine
schools and is spread across 400 schools around the country.
The program has taught leadership, entrepreneurship and other skills
needed to face life.
It is the host organisation for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress
and Global Entrepreneurship Week to be held from November 15-21.
He said that for one week, millions of young people globally join a
growing movement of entrepreneurial enthusiasts to generate new ideas
and to seek better ways of doing things.
Countries across six continents come together to celebrate GEW, an
initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination
The concept of GEW was initiated through an Enterprise Week in the UK
When news of the success of Enterprise Week UK spread, other
countries joined and in 2008 Enterprise Foundation UK and the Kauffman
Foundation (the world’s largest entrepreneurship foundation based in the
US) founded the very first GEW.
Last year there were over 32,000 events around 88 countries to
celebrate GEW attended by more than 7.5 m people.
GEW is driven by a global network of entrepreneurial champions,
entrepreneurs, experts, policy-makers, education practitioners and
politicians who will come together to inspire the future generations of
GEW is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate all the work that
goes on year round.
The quality of GEW has attracted support of presidents and prime
ministers in 16 countries.