“The primary Responsibility of the National Youth Corps is to equip the nation with brave and strong youth, who are capable of meeting the demands of a modern world whilst being firmly rooted in our cultural and social values”
The great spiritual world leader Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what we do in the present’. Those words ring true today, more than ever. As we face one of the greatest pandemics the world has seen, together as global citizens. What we do today, as people, as a country and as a world I believe that we will change the course of humanity. We must never forget that the future we shape through our present actions, belongs entirely to the next generation of youth not only in our country but in the rest of the world too. That is why I believe the youth must come to the forefront as stake holders, decision makers, idea generators and take the lead to shape the world. As governments, politicians and governmental institutions, it’s our responsibility to nurture and support these future global leaders and policy makers. That is why institutions such as the National Youth Corps (NYC) are vital. It is the responsibility of the NYC to ensure that we inculcate our cultural and social values in our youth and empower them to make the right decisions and support them to develop themselves into the leaders of tomorrow. As a government this is one of our highest priorities. Being the Youth and Sports Minister at this decisive and historic time, I am truly humbled and honoured to lead this great generation of Sri Lankans as we embark in to this new chapter and shape the future of our people.