Youth exchange program
Country Director, World University Service (WUS), Ingrid Knutson of
Canada recently met NYSC Chairman and Director General Lalith Pium
Perera and National Youth Awards Authority Chairman Senarath
Kahandaliyanage and National Youth Award holder Visaka Thilakaratne at
the National Youth Centre, Maharagama.
The idea of the meeting is to discuss the possibility of youth
exchange programs between Sri Lanka and Canada.
A number of important matters pertaining to the role of the National
Youth Services Council (NYSC) and the National Youth Awards Authority
and youth development were discussed in detail.
There was an annual youth exchange program between the two countries
and it was cancelled due to the poor atmosphere of the country a few
years ago. The possibility of restarting the Sri Lanka-Canada Youth
Exchange Program from 2011, was discussed.
Ingrid Knutson promised the NYSC officials to bring this proposal to
the notice of the Canadian Ambassador. Further, she agreed to introduce
the National Youth Award (Duke of Edinburgh Award Program) Program to
the participants of the Vocational Training supported by WUS and its