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It's about motivation and getting to know others
By Ishani Ranasinghe
Young leaders in the making are the target group of the Prefects Leadership Training Programme. An annual event for the past 13 years, this programme organized by the YMCA, Colombo, has over 50 prefects from over 15 schools in Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha participating.

Some of the prefects who took part in the programme

"This year there has been a slight drop in numbers because of the London O/Ls and the A/Ls," says Bimsara Premaratne, the project chairperson of the organizing committee. The committee, which is made up of past participants who have gone through this programme, has worked tirelessly for over three months to put the programme together.

All the schools are sent application forms and asked to nominate three prefects each. "Sometimes we get requests for more prefects to be sent and we accommodate them," says Bimsara. At the end of the programme each participant is given a certificate of participation.

The three-day programme comprises four lectures on Leadership, Time Management, Career Guidance and Public Speaking, all of which will be assets for prefects. The participants were divided into groups and given case studies. They are required to discuss a certain problem and make a presentation of what they believe is the best solution. Afterwards everyone, including the committee, discusses the pros and cons of the issue. There was also an open forum, which tackled democracy. Yet, it is not all work and no play for these prefects as the programme also has games and a campfire where the groups have to perform skits. "The committee also shares in the fun," says Bimsara.

"This programme was quite nice and different from other leadership programmes," says Denushika Karunatillake, Deputy School Captain of Visakha Vidyalaya. The games bring everyone together, she feels, and help to break the ice.

"Even if we begin as strangers, we all leave after having got to know each other very well," she remarks. While she found the lectures very informative, she also said the atmosphere was friendly.

Abarna Kirupananda is a junior prefect at Hindu Ladies College. "This programme was very good and it helped me a lot," she says. The lectures had motivated her to do her work to the best of her ability, she says, adding that she gained knowledge on many aspects of being a prefect.

In their school the participants were chosen on a random basis and they had seven prefects at this programme. All were junior prefects; next year they would be appointed senior prefects in their school.

A Sub Prefect of Wesley College, Raashid Riza found the whole programme "thought provoking". He was glad that they touched on areas where there was less exposure. For example the rough punishments some prefects give to others. "This happens in boys' schools quite often," he said. He went on to say how it was stressed that in a matter like this the prefects should have a united front.

Sabeeha Akbarally, a Senior Prefect of Asian International School found it a good experience, especially the interaction with others. She also commended the organizers on how they helped the prefects tackle the problems they face.

At the end of the three days each participant walked out smarter and wiser and also having made a lot of friends. Most look forward to the next year where they want to be a part of the organizing committee and give a new group the benefit of this kind of exposure.

Sounds of original rock come Saturday
Power chords... rock solid vocals... the sounds of original music... the rush of adrenaline. Yes, it's the dawn of a new era in rock music for Sri Lankan music lovers.

The Rock Saturday events feature our own original rock music performed by local bands. This month's event will be held on June 21 at the 80 Club, Independence Avenue from 6.30 p.m. onwards. Nine leading rock bands such as Stigmata, Kreb Cycle, Independent Square, Ezra, Cold Fusion, The Fallen, Stone Broke and Paranoid Earthlings are billed to perform.

The event is organised by the Rock Company which has created a platform for local bands of every genre of the rock and metal world to bring forth original compositions.

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