Trainees with their certificates - Vavuniya, Oct. 5, 2011
An English lesson - more fun with sounds
Entrepreneurship for former combatants:
The second workshop on entrepreneurial skills for former combatants
concluded in Vavuniya on October 5th.
Arranged by the Bureau of the Commissioner General for
Rehabilitation, with support from Prof Rajiva Wijesinha's decentralized
budget, the programme was conducted by Business Consultancy Services
which had conducted the previous workshop with funding from Prof
Wijesinha's 2010 decentralized budget.
Thirty youngsters participated actively and seemed to absorb much of
what was taught, as seen in the business plans they produced in the
They had been divided into five groups, all of which described
production and marketing strategies for consumer items. 5 Star Shopsold
shirts, while the Royal Group concentrated on sarongs. Styles had
slippers and Daittannik school bags (with caps thrown in free with the
larger bags), with New Star dealing in bats.
More than 20 of the trainees expressed a preference to work in the
private sector, though they also noted that education and training also
required private sector involvement. At the conclusion of the
presentations Prof Wijesinha gave a brief English lesson, using the
primary level textbooks that were used for training conducted in the
Ratnapura District with another section of his decentralized budget.
The programme was facilitated by the Vavuniya Government Agent Mrs
Charles, who is now in the process of setting up micro-credit facilities
with input from Prof Wijesinha's decentralized budget funds. It is hoped
that this will be through a local bank that will encourage former
combatants in business initiatives.