by Sinduri Sappanipillai

Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) intends to organize the second NYS 2018, under its ‘Sri Lanka Forum Theatre Program’(SLFTP); a youth-led peace-building initiative, to provide a platform for a national dialogue, in order to reflect on the role of the youth in achieving sustainable peace and development in Sri Lanka. At the same time, NYS 2018 will allow young people from various parts of Sri Lanka to come together, share their stories and challenges, learn from each others, be part of a wider network, demonstrate their shared missions, showcase innovative and creative solutions towards sustainable peace and development.

The goal of the Sri Lanka Forum Theatre Program is to engage youth from different ethnic communities and capacitate them to use Forum Theatre and creative media tools to amplify the voice of youth and promote pluralistic values among younger generation. Sri Lanka Forum Theatre Program (2013-2017) helped hundreds of young boys and girls in Sri Lanka to realize their own strengths in creative and non-violent problem solving. 

SLFTP is implemented jointly with the Ministry of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, University of Jaffna, University of Visual and Performing Arts, Ministries of Education of Northern, North Central, Eastern, Central, Western and Southern provinces.

SDJF is very pleased to invite youth groups, networks, youth-led organizations; government, private and non-governmental (National and International) entities who are committed to promote youth inclusion in sustainable peace and development to join hands in hosting NYS 2018.

Submit your summary today!

You or your organization may have a success story of an interesting peacebuilding project; You or your organization may have produced creative media tools – photography, short films, posters, video documentaries and cartoons on emphasizing the role of youth in peacebuilding and sustainable development; You or the organization you represent must be willing to take part in a practical workshop on the summit theme; please express your interest to be a part of this Summit, by submitting s short summary (in 250 words) of what you are willing to present.


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