By Kaumadee Rathnayake
NEXUScon, an event organised by the AIESEC team of Colombo Central local committee in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was held on January 29, 2014 at the auditorium of the Ayurvedic Medical Faculty, University of Colombo. The event was organised in order to discuss the Millennium Development Goals of the UNDP for Sri Lanka. The vice president of the AIESEC local community, Tharindu Abeyratne explained that the target of the AIESECers is to create awareness among the fellow youth on how much the youth could contribute in the process of development of the globe.
The conference highlighted on eight main goals that are determined by the UNDP as achievable in Sri Lanka by 2015. They are: 1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, 2) achieve universal primary education, 3) promote gender equality and empower women, 4)reduce child mortality, 5) improve maternal health, 6) combat HIV/ AIDS, Malaria and other deceases, 7) ensure environmental sustainability and 8)develop a global partnership for development.
" He also explained how there is a huge lapse between the students who take up on the ordinary level exams and the students who make it through to Advanced Level studies. "
Chathura Rodrigo, in his speech explained the importance of youth entrepreneurship and pointed out that the biggest challenge faced by the Sri Lankan youth in this aspect is finance. He pointed out the importance of the government taking up on some sort of fund system that could support the youth entrepreneurs based on how substantial their business plans are. He also explained how the education system of the country has no compatibility whatsoever with the job market and therefore the youth are literary stranded after finishing off with their higher studies for they can hardly find jobs that complement their qualifications.
He also explained how there is a huge lapse between the students who take up on the ordinary level exams and the students who make it through to Advanced Level studies. Based on the data gathered up from 2003 to 2010, the percentage of students who qualify for Advanced Level studies are from 43% to 58% and from among these students, the amount that qualify for university are in between 44% to 61%. Yet the amounts that are facilitated to enter in to government universities are between 14% to 17%. He also pointed out the severe circumstances faced by the students who go abroad for higher studies for the Sri Lankan Master's Degrees are not recognised abroad for the reason that they have not been updated. "But the Bachelor's Degree of our country is well recognised over the globe" he added.
Suchith Abeywickreme then explained the value of social entrepreneurship which basically focuses on turning social welfare into non-profit based business which encourages a healthy corporation in between social groups as opposed to competition.
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