The annual Training for Trusteeship Workshop 'Harnessing Youth Idealism For Social Advancement' organized by the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER) will be held from September 24- 30 at the MAS Institute of Management and Technology (MIMT).
The workshop brings together around 70 student leaders from universities and youth groups to instil in them a realisation that as future leaders of the country they are all trustees for the future. Students from Jaffna to Matara and Batticaloa to Colombo will all live and work together for 5-7 days planning ways and means through which they can work for the betterment of Sri Lankan society.
The Training for Trusteeship programme of the Weeramantry Centre has been selected as one of five future oriented educational projects from across the world for discussion at a World Youth Conference currently being held in Bonn under the auspices of the Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award.
The workshop will begin on a cross-cultural note with inspirational statements from religious personalities representing Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. They will speak on the teachings of those religions on our duties to each other and to the future of mankind.
Duties to the environment, the concept of peace and reconciliation, and a basic exposure to human rights and international law will also be discussed.
The workshops held in previous years have been productive with projects planned and executed by participants. Among these are a health project for the elderly in Batticaloa, a legal aid project in Vakarai, an environmental protection project in Wilpattu and IT training projects in Hambantota. All were funded initially by the Centre and are thereafter continued by the students on their own.
Among the co-sponsors of this year's workshop are Monash University, the American Centre, UNESCO and Julius and Creasy.