Mr. Dulan Dias Nominated to Represent SL at South Asia Youth Skills and Solution Forum

At a time where the future of work is more unpredictable due to the increased automation of the workforce and the dynamics at play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, only 1 in 4 young people in South Asia is estimated to be on track to gain secondary-level skills necessary for success in the global economy. While great strides have been made in achieving universal primary education, South Asia is still home to 28 million out-of-school-children (OOSC) – 10 million at primary level, and 18 million at lower secondary level – and 45 percent of primary-aged children are not learning the basics of reading and math.

The result is a significant skill and employment challenge in South Asia, where many young people are not receiving the learning and training to keep pace with the evolving demands of employment. This skills gap, which contributes to high levels of unemployment for higher education graduates and large informal economies where young workers are in vulnerable employment, must be addressed through innovative approaches that connect secondary-age education and training to the fast-changing world of work.

To respond to this critical economic and social development challenge, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia and the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) co-hosted the South Asia Youth Skills and Solution Forum. Building on the Generation Unlimited initiative and GBC-Education’s Youth Skills and Innovation Initiative, the Forum aims to build strategic partnerships between key stakeholders to improve the future of work for South Asian youth. It will be a platform to bring together stakeholders from all South Asian countries to identify solutions for youth skills and quality employment to re-align, re-think and re-imagine, to re-create opportunities for South Asian Youth.

Mr. Dulan S. Dias nominated to represent Sri Lanka at South Asia Youth Skills and Solution Forum held in Mumbai, India, by UNICEF Sri Lanka. He was also handed over with the responsibility of being the voice of the South Asian Youth and presented the “Voice of Youth” presentation where he highlighted some key issues faced by South Asian Youth and also proposed solutions to some, along with his co-presenter from Afghanistan. In his address, he mentioned and appreciated the initiatives taken by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to address the key issue of youth not willing to take up entrepreneurship.

With the forming up of Innovation, Invention and Venture Creation Council (IIVCC) and Business Linkage Cells, the university promotes the creation of start-ups and entrepreneurs. The university assists these wanna-be entrepreneurs through the granting of funds, knowledge through various different programmes. This helps create more entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs in result, creates more jobs in the job market. Thus, creating a sustainable cycle in employment.

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දුලාන් ඩයස් මහතා දකුණු ආසියාවේ තරුණ නිපුණතා හා විසඳුම් සංසදයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය කිරීමට නම් කරන ලදී

සිව්වන කාර්මික විප්ලවය තුළ ශ්‍රම බලකායේ ස්වයංක්‍රීයකරණය සහ ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වයේ ගතිකතාවයන් හේතුවෙන් අනාගතයේ වැඩ කටයුතු අනාවැකි කිව නොහැකි අවස්ථාවක, දකුණු ආසියාවේ යෞවනයන් 4 දෙනෙකුගෙන් එක් අයෙකු පමණක් ද්විතීයික මට්ටමේ කුසලතා  ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා ගමන් කරනු ඇතැයි ගණන් බලා තිබේ. උසස් අධ්‍යාපන උපාධිධාරීන් සහ තරුණ කම්කරුවන් අවදානමට ලක්විය හැකි විශාල අවිධිමත් ආර්ථිකයන් සඳහා ඉහළ මට්ටමේ විරැකියාවට දායක වන මෙම කුසලතා පරතරය ද්විතීයික වයස් අධ්‍යාපනය හා පුහුණුව වේගයෙන් වෙනස්වන රැකියා ලෝකයට සම්බන්ධ කරන නව්‍ය ප්‍රවේශයන් තුළින් විසඳිය යුතුය.

යුනිසෙෆ් ශ්‍රී ලංකා විසින් ඉන්දියාවේ මුම්බායි හි පැවති දකුණු ආසියානු තරුණ නිපුණතා හා විසඳුම් සංසදයේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය කිරීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ දුලාන් ඩයස් මහතා නම් කර ඇත.

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