Who are we?
"Sri Lanka’s youth has always been its greatest, yet most under estimated asset.”
Sri Lanka has a population of 4.4 million youth belonging to a set of diverse social groups. This diversity demand for the necessity of an all-inclusive development agenda, catering to the varying wants and needs of the youth around the country. The Human Development Report (NHDR) 2014, states that 68.5% of the youth surveyed believe in the right to be treated equally, without discrimination, a positive indication that youth see equality as the key to social integration. However, in the current context, young people face many challenges in the areas of education, employment, sexual and reproductive health and more, crippling their ability to reach their full potential. Thus, an all-inclusive youth policy is necessary to ensure no one will be left behind. Thus, young people with disabilities, young persons living with HIV, young LGBTQ communities, youth belonging to different economic backgrounds, in both rural and urban areas, should be taken into account. Creating inclusivity and Investing in each and every one of these 4.4 million individuals, by providing access to quality education, knowledge and skills, remains the critical factor in ensuring meaningful employment and livelihoods for them. This, in turn will empower and enable more youth to work together with their peers, towards a more just and equitable society.
We at International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP) believe that young people have the energy, creativity and the will to tackle tasks differently, in their lifetime. They are an invaluable asset to the development of the country and the communities. With the right guidance and support, they have the potential to become trailblazers of positive change. In this cause, we at IYAP facilitate the creation of an interactive platform, connecting young people and a multitude of stakeholders, including the government, civil society, private sector corporations and development partners, via a range of youth-led initiatives.