‘We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.’ Franklin D Roosevelt
The youth empowerment programme across countries like GFF Helps Sri Lanka, Nepal and India has been paving towards building youth for a better world.
“Three-month long Capacity Development and Career Guidance Programme .”
GFF HELPS Sri Lanka in collaboration with Global Shapers Kandy Hub and
SANASA Campus has launched a three-month long Capacity Development
and Career Guidance Programme where weekly workshops were
conducted targeting 18 students who are following degree programs at
SANASA Campus. These workshops covered a variety of topics aimed to
equip the participants with 21st century skills and employability skills
which will greatly enhance their chance of landing better jobs after the
completion of their academic program.
Language proficiency and confidence building
The first session was facilitated by Ms. Shamilka Karunanayake and several members of the Hill Capital toastmasters club. Toastmaster Mohamed Yasir gave pointers on structuring and delivering an impromptu speech. Beneficiaries presented a short, prepared speech which was then evaluated by the resource people. The second session had toastmaster Akaam Zain conducting a session on how to improve language proficiency. Beneficiaries delivered short, impromptu speeches which were evaluated by the resource people.
Digital and Financial literacy
Mr. Saahithiyanan Ganeshanthan, a development practitioner, youth activist, climate reality leader and project coordinator – The Sentinel Project was a resource person for digital literacy
Mr. Chathura Jayasundara, ACMA, CGMA, MBA, BBA, Risk manager, CIMA lecturer and aspiring entrepreneur, Manager – Loan Management Unit and Wholesale Credit at HSBC chaired the session for financial literacy.
Work-life balance and Career guidance
Resource person was Mr. Gayantha Niyangoda, Manager – Business Development at GAC, Visiting lecturer at NSBM Green university – Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing while the session on Career guidance was guided by Senior HR Business Partner Corporate Functions and T&O & Employer Brand Lead, Unilever – Sri Lanka. Resource person: Ms. Keshavi Puswewala.
E-mail etiquette/ meetings/ presentations and CV building
Ms. Bhagya Hapuarachchi – consultant/lecturer at National Institute of Business Management (NIBM – Sri Lanka), conducted the session on email etiquette while Mr. Choliya Bandara – Assistant Manager Business Development at MAS Holdings, conducted the session on meeting etiquette. Resource Person for CV building was Mr. Harsha Widanapathirana, LLB, Visiting Lecturer at University of Peradeniya – Dept. of Law and at APIIT- Sri Lanka.
Interview etiquette and Networking
Resource person for Interview etiquette was Ms. Thisuri Ekanayake, Research Assistant, Institute of Policy Studies – Sri Lanka while for networking was Mr. Heshika Deegahawathura, General Manager – product innovation and design at MAS, Co-founder at Spryng, TEDxer
Digital skills and LinkedIn
Resource person to give a session on digital skills was Mr. Saahithiyanan Ganeshanthan, a development practitioner, youth activist, climate reality leader and project coordinator – The Sentinel Project while Mr. Thanushka Dilshan – Electronic Engineer at Burgeon Solutions, Embedded Software Developer spoke about LinkedIn and the possibility of using that platform to network.
Responsible Citizenship and Responsible Global Citizenship
Ms. Nethmini Madawela – Head of Programmes – Hashtag Generation, Attorney-at-Law spoke about what it is to be a Responsible citizen and Ms. Niroshini Nugawela, AAL, LLB (Hons) Colombo, Director at HYPE Sri Lanka, Program support officer – Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights highlighted on the responsibility of becoming a Global citizen which is required at an era where internet helps us communicate beyound boundaries.