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“The University Grants Commission (UGC) has requested Young Entrepreneur Sri Lanka (YESL) to extend its programs to the universities.

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.

The main 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 support

Amarasinghe said that YESL inspires and prepares children for a better future through practical business economics and entrepreneur education.

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 their talent.

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 and creativity.

The concept of GEW was initiated through an Enterprise Week in the UK in 2004.

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 entrepreneurs.

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.




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