The future of all nations lies in the hands and power of its youth, their attitudes and their beliefs. To see the light of a brighter and a sustainable future, it is of utmost importance to ensure that the future of any country, that is the youth, grows and is groomed with the right attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge.
With just a decade left to achieve the Global Goals set by the United Nations and with the burning desire to mold the future of Sri Lanka in the right path was the main guiding force why AIESEC Sri Lanka, implemented the program, Island-Wide World’s Largest Lesson. The program focused on teaching 10,000+ children in 49 schools on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), how they can contribute to achieving the sustainable development of the country and why SDGs are of importance to Sri Lanka, on the 2nd of March 2020.
With the approval and support of the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka and with the strength of 590 volunteers from universities including the University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Ruhuna, University of Peradeniya, University of Jaffna, University of Rajarata, SLIIT and NSBM, AIESEC Sri Lanka was able to create awareness of the Global Goals which address issues related to Environment, Society and Economy, covering all 25 districts of the country. This is of no doubt the biggest national project hosted by AIESEC Sri Lanka up-to-date, offering an extremely strong initiation towards sustainability for the year ahead at the very beginning of the year.
Island-Wide World’s Largest Lesson was the ultimate result of so much of the planning, sacrifices, and background work of the members. To make sure that our volunteers deliver a quality and effective series of sessions we organized a series of preparation seminars in five universities covering all the volunteers from different districts on the 21st of February.
Finally, on the 2nd of March, the dream day came by making all the dreams of delivering a remarkable event and giving an energetic and remarkable start to AIESEC Sri Lanka’s 2020 calendar a reality. Covering all the districts of Sri Lanka impacting 10,000+ lives of the future of the country, Island-Wide World’s Largest Lesson was delivered successfully exceeding the planned outcomes as well.
At this very moment, we would like to thank and appreciate all the support given by every stakeholder including the companies Swadeshi industrial works PLC, OXFAM Sri Lanka, Coca-Cola beverages Sri Lanka Ltd, Commercial Bank, Red Cross Society Sri Lanka, all the volunteers who took part in the project, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka for giving us the opportunity to involve school students in our project, all the school principals and staff for supporting us, and all the school students who engaged and interacted to make this huge impact, a reality.
Experience shared by the volunteers nicely stated that it’s a precious experience that they have ever gone through. Also, the feedback given by the administration of schools and the genuine thanking smiles of children can be considered as the qualitative out-turn of this project.
The impact made via the project reached 11,000+ individuals, which showcases the capacity that the youth in Sri Lanka possess in contributing towards the betterment of the nation. This immense impact was made by the selfless & passionate members of AIESEC signifying the potential that the rest of the youth has and is yet to be utilized in uplifting the nation in various means and of course in a sustainable manner.
We, AIESEC Sri Lanka believe that this initiative would boost the interest of the youth in our country to join hands to serve the nation in many projects and movements to be executed in the future, which will allow us to move forward along with the rest of the world to achieve the Global Goals by the year 2030.