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NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL

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www.srilankayouth.lk We, as a pioneer public sector organization are working towards the development of the youth in Sri Lanka to become well functioning, independent and valuable citizens to contribute towards national development.


“This century belongs to the youth. It is the century of knowledge. The skills of the rural youth in sports, arts and cultural activities will be enhanced by broadening and reorganizing the functions of the National Youth Services Council. I propose to enhance the knowledge and experience of youth by sending them on International Youth Exchange Programs.�

Mahinda Chintana, Vision for the Future

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H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka


Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development

“I strongly believe that youth is the most important segment of the community who should be empowered to become leaders of the society and the active partners of the decision making process. To make this dream a success the National Youth Services Council is tremendously contributing and work towards achieving this goal to become young women and men, a well competent and independent citizens.”


Hon. Mohan Lal Grero Monitoring MP of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development

“This is the era of Knowledge. We want to see our young generation to equip with modern, updated knowledge to actively engage and contribute in nation development at present. Thereby we need to be partnered with International organization, agencies and individual professionals to learn from each other’s towards knowledge upgrading and mutual benefit. In this direction, the National Youth services Council is operating progressively in collaboration with all stakeholders both local and global in order to assure a total development in youth.”


B. Wijayaratne

Secretary to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development

“The most defining time spell of the human life is the youthful days, as it lays the foundation for rest of the life. To make the foundation solid and sound, youth community should be developed. This transforming process helps the youth to be smart personally and virtually to the society as the potential of the youth produces a larger bonus for the benefit of all. This endeavor is very vital nowadays as we live in a rapidly changing environment, where there is a greater space for innovation and creativity. In a broader sense any youth development strategy entangles with the provision of something to the three H’s. This something is none other than knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. In this context, what we have to do for the youth development is formulating and floating programs which enable, enhance and enrich the capacity of the three H’s- Head, Hand and Heart. “


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CHAIRMAN/ DIRECTOR GENERAL It is indeed my pleasure to address you all through Spotlight 2011-2012 of Sri Lanka Youth! As you may know, the establishment of the National Youth Services Council in Sri Lanka was a recommendation done by the Presidential Commission for youth taking into consideration the social context in the late 70’s. Due to the policies in the late 70’s and 80’s, a significant number of young women and men were not afforded the opportunities to develop and make use of their skills to the fullest potential. They experienced limited access to education and training, poor housing conditions, limited employment opportunities, high rates of crime and violence and a general disintegration of social networks and communities. In addition, there were no special programs to address the needs of young men and women. This socio-political context the resulted in youth unrest and the initiation of NYSC brought high hopes to these young people. Currently, young people aged between 15 – 29 years, clearly comprise a substantial proportion of (nearly 30%) the Sri Lankan population. Their aspirations are much diversified and the policy-makers need to look at those beyond their horizon of work. We were able to read this situation when we took over the office in 2010 and re-shaped the systems, approaches, programs and projects to meet high-expectations of the youth. The “Sri Lanka Youth” concept was brought into NYSC with the fullest blessings of the Honorable Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma. The concept has been well received by the youth of Sri Lanka and all other stakeholders in the field of youth development. The Sri Lanka Youth Parliament was initiated by us at a time when Sri Lanka began to havea demographic bulge of young people. For me, having the largest youth population ever is a resource. The Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs, which has an outreach of around

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800 000 has done a wonderful job to ensure meaningful youth participation and youth empowerment. Sri Lanka Youth is very much proud of this progress as the organization which has the oldest and largest youth constituency in the country.In fact, it is considered to be the oldest and the largest youth movement in this region.


The “MahindaChintana: 10 year development framework” clearly specifies the government’s priorities and commitment for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for all Sri Lankans across the country. The Government in its budget preparation has called to relate the MDG key performance indicators of ministries to the budgetary process. Sri Lanka is consistently seeking to adopt innovative methods in working with youth in the achievement of the MDG goals. As the MDGs are to be achieved in 2015, it is needed to review the achievements, obstacles and challenges at the global level beforehand. Also the contribution and active involvement of the civil society, particularly youth and the effectiveness of the MDGs on youth needs to be reviewed. This is vital at the global arena.However, no initiative has been taken to organize such a review and to create a common platform to discuss on the shape of the global development agenda. Sri Lanka has moved a step forward and proposed to hold a World Conference on Youth in 2014, with this main intension: to re-visit the MDGs and other major developmental targets at the global level that need to be discussed so as to agree upon a framework for the future development agenda in the world. We considered last year as a challenging opportunity for us to revitalize the spirit of youth for national development. In the process we had to diagnose what hinders and prevents the productive engagement of youth, especially those in marginalized areas and take remedial action to address these concerns. This includes, among other initiatives, legislative action, skills enhancement, leadership training, investment in entrepreneurship development, attitudinal development etc. This publication will provide you an opportunity to see, think and understand those initiatives taken by NYSC from August 2011 till August 2012 aiming a total development in youth to support them to become wellfunctioning, independent citizens who actively engage in nation building. In conclusion, I wish to reiterate that as the youth are our biggest asset; private sector establishments, INGOs and civil society organizations should come together to provide solutions to issues faced by our youth. Thank you! Lalith Piyum Perera (Attorney-at-Law), Chairman/ Director General, National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth

“MahindaChintana: 10 year development framework” clearly specifies the government’s priorities and commitment for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for all Sri Lankans across the country.


“I have so many reasons to love Sri Lanka. An ambitious country with ambitious people. You have managed to do a lot with very little resources. You have proven that so many things can be possible. You have recovered very fast and you continue to recover by investing in young people”

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Ahmad Alhindawi United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth


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Youth Organizations and Development Division

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he National Youth Exchange Programme brings together youth from different areas of the island together so they can share their sociocultural similarities while celebrating their differences. The aim of the Youth Exchange Program is to create a collective Sri Lankan-ness among the youth, undivided by ethno-religious or geographic boundaries. The North-South Exchange brings youth from Northern and Eastern Provinces of the island to cities in the South where they reside in households of young area residents and engage in various social, cultural and community service activities along with their hosts. The program also encompasses Sinhala-Tamil language training sessions where youth who speak Sinhala as the first language are taught basic Tamil and vice versa. Soon after the visit of youths from Northern areas to the South, youths from the South visit their new friends in the North. The National Youth Exchange Program has created lifelong friendships among Sri Lanka’s youth: friendships that transcend geographic or ethno-religious boundaries. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-13


Youth Organizations and Development Division

Support for Youth with Disabilities

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YSC Sri Lanka strives to empower and create a more inclusive environment for youth with disabilities. Social inclusion must be internally motivated by self, and in order to achieve this end, the NYSC has initiated a wide array of projects. Youth with disabilities face the same issues as their peers, but societal prejudices, barriers, and ignorance exacerbate their concerns. HithaMithuruHamuwa(the Get-together) is an exchange programme especially designed for young people with disabilities. During the exchange programme, youth with special needs from different parts of the island, meet to eat, dance and sing together and to learn from each other, while celebrating their youth.

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Sihinaya Sports Festival

Talent had no boundaries. Youth with disabilities possess talents, which more often than not, go unrecognized. Sihinaya is a cultural programme for youth with disabilities. For most participants, Sihinayawhich is a Sinhala word which means ‘a dream’ is essentially a dream come true. In Sihinaya, which is broadcast on national television on a weekly basis, these youths have the opportunity of exhibiting their talents to a large audience. Besides being a platform to display latent talents of these youngsters, initiatives of this caliber help to reduce social prejudices about people with disabilities. The first ever outbound training camp in the island for youth with special needs was also named Sihinaya. In addition to these projects NYSC-Sri Lanka has hosted a wide range of projects including language training programmers, workshops on health and hygiene and leadership training programmers for youth with disabilities. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-15


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oing through adolescence, today’s youths are confronted, on every side, by societal pressure and materialistic values. Spirituality is a value system, a way of life. YouwunSithataDahamSuwaya is a spiritual development project carried out by the NYSC, where youth from each of the 26 NYSC administrative districts hold discussions with religious leaders representing all faiths. The project is aimed at broadening these youths’ vision about life, and deepening their roots in their culture, traditions and value systems, whilst instilling in them, a sense of responsibility and trusteeship.

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A Year of Youth- A House to Every Village

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home is not just a roof above your head. A home means protection. It is where one is free to enjoy life and fulfill their potential. ThurunuWasarak, GamataNiwasak is the housing construction project launched by National Youth Services Council with the Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs. The project targets to build a home for a selected youth from a low income family in each Divisional Secretariat in the country. The houses are built using voluntary youth labor and very little financial support.

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National Youth Day at Pallansena, Negambo

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he National Youth Day in Sri Lanka falls on the 23rd of May. In commemoration of this day, NYSC Sri Lanka organizes different youth empowerment Programs in various parts of the island. Respective regional youth clubs hosted various commemoration ceremonies, sporting projects, cultural events, religious ceremonies and community service projects such as Dengue Prevention campaigns, tree planting events etc

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Colombo+20

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ealizing that Sri Lanka’s youth can play a catalytic role in sensitizing the public on the potential, needs and benefits of sustainability and resilience climatic challenges, the NYSC organized : Colombo+20 - The Future We Want, an advocacy campaign that reflected the theme of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, commonly known as Rio+20. The event was organized by the National Youth Services Council in collaboration with the V-Force (National Voluntary Taskforce), and the Youth for a Greener Sri Lanka (YGSL) platform. The event was held at the Independence Square on the 1st of July 2012and was attended by people from all walks of life. This initiative was supported and endorsed by several UN agencies, including the United Nations Volunteers and underscored the importance of the Rio+20 summit and its outcomes on sustainable development. Colombo+20 was planned and executed by young volunteers representinga wide array of organizations. The public was made aware of various issues through a series of interactive information stalls. Furthermore, several activities for the youth and those young at heart were organized. One of the highlights of the event was the public painting of two buses carrying the messages that reflect the future wanted, and dreamt of, by the members of the public present at the event.

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Youth for Reconciliation

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oung people have been taking a leading role in all major political and economic forums at the national level, placing them in a perfect position to create a strong momentum towards effective and sustainable reconciliation work. For example, the members elected to the Sri Lanka Youth Parliament and the ministers appointed in that body have been placed with different government ministries, where they are allowed to directly contribute to the work of a given ministry both at the level of policy as well as implementation. NYSC has started to act as a facilitator, uniting all youth organizations in Sri Lanka. Each month the National Youth Services Council organizes several youth exchange programs between Sinhalese, Muslim and Tamil youth, building strong understanding between youth actors from all cultural identities. However, the big question remains as to how one could get young people away from the current entrenched political set up and inspire fresh thinking. The role of the youth in advocating local campaigns and processes as opposed to outside interventions insensitive of ground level realities is vital to the work of breaking free.

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Special Project Division

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High level speakers at the Srilanka Youth Parliament. H.E President Mahinda Rajapksha. Oppsition leader Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.

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he Sri Lanka Youth Parliament was first established in Sri Lanka in 2010, commemorating the International Year for Youth. Determinedly pursuing the ‘youth-friendly’ agendas of the country, the Sri Lanka Youth Parliament strives to promote political participation and social cohesion within the Youth of Sri Lanka. Bringing forth a vibrant mass of young Sri Lankans from all over the Nation, the Sri Lanka Youth Parliament offers the ideal platform for these young leaders to make their voices heard. Within the chambers of the Youth Parliament, all members seek unity through diversity, thereby paving path for national reconciliation. The Sri Lanka Youth Parliament is a resonance of all Sri Lankan Youth; it is the zenith of Youth participation in political process and decision making; and one of the most determined steps towards Nation Building. The Sri Lanka Youth Parliament consists of 412 Youth Leaders from all over Sri Lanka. The appointment of the members of the Youth Parliament takes place through three avenues.332 members are elected through a democratic election process. To take part in the election process, it is mandatory that the candidates are representing the Youth Clubs of their localities. The candidates are voted for by the members of the Youth Clubs based on their leadership qualities and community service. The Senate was newly integrated in to the 2nd Sri Lanka Youth Parliament, initiated in 2013.The Senate comprises of 77 members, selected through a highly competitive interview process, based on their academic qualifications and other special skills. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-21


Special Project Division

Three members are specially appointed to represent Youth in the disabled, indigenous and the minority sectors of the country. The SLY facilitates intercultural encounters while providing a platform for youth to play a leadership role in identifying and addressing the needs of the communities they live in. SLYP was created to build a second generation of proficient leaders and to ensure the constructive involvement of youth in the development agenda of the country. The Sri Lanka youth Parliament Complex is currently being constructed in Kilinochchi, the former administrative centre and de facto capital of the LTTE.

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Emerging Young Leader Award

Special Project Division

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YLA(Emerging Young Leader Award) 2012 was organized by the National Youth Services Council together with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development with the intention of celebrating the International year of youth. EYLA 2012 was a refreshing experience for the Sri Lankan youth where they were encouraged to step up and take a more dynamic role in shaping of the country’s future. This competition attracted over 1600 applicants from different parts of the island and was a great platform for the youth to share their opinions and skills.

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Research Planning and Human Resource Development Division

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he National Youth Services Council has a staff of over 2000 persons, who coordinate the various projects initiated by the NYSC. The NYSC is committed to train its staff and thereby encourage whole-person development and fulfillment beyond traditional training. As such, various priority training projects are underway for the NYSC staff. The Research, Planning and Human Resources Development Division is carrying out training programs, workshops, courses and seminars. These include a Certificate Course in Drug Related Counseling, a workshop on Internal Auditing, a Seminar of Legal matters and many outdoor teambuilding and skills development projects. The division also carries out various researches and surveys that study the youth of Sri Lanka. For example, in 2011, the division conducted a survey centered on youth in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of post war Sri Lanka. The research was conducted with the aim of identifying the needs of youths in these areas which were liberated by the clutches of terrorism. The research concentrated on problems faced by youth in their day to day lives such as problems related to health, the practice of religion, political inclusion, recreation and entertainment.

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Technical and Vocational Training division

Technical and Vocational Training To improve youth access to employment; the Technical and Vocational Training division of the NYSC is committed to the provision of training for the youth to better their prospects of securing a gainful employment. Currently, forty Room Attendants Courses are underway, each with the participation of 20 students in Sri Lanka youth Training Centers located islandwide. Furthermore, eight landscaping courses and 45 provincial level sewing courses are also being conducted. These coursesprepare studentsfor occupational life as they are equipped to face the challenges of the world of work.

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The Aesthetic Skills Development Division

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he arts and aesthetic skills challenge youths to think out of the box and offer opportunities for positive self-expression. The Aesthetic Skills Development Division of the NYSC is committed to assisting youths interested in enhancing their aesthetic skills.

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The Lalithakalavedi

The Aesthetic Skills Diploma and Certificate Course Programmes Development Division

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he Lalithakalavedi Diploma is a three year long course in Singing or Dancing offered by the NYSC. At the successful completion of the Diploma, the students are presented with the Lalithakalavedi Diploma certificate. Each year around 600 students graduate with a Lalithakalavedi Diploma. Many well-known artistes such as Chandralekha Perera, ChandrasenaHettiarachchi, SomasiriMedagedara, JanakaWickramasnghe were introduced to the Sri Lankan audience through this diploma. In 2010 another two year long programme: the Lalithakalavedi Certificate Course was introduced. The programmes conclude with a vibrant graduation concert exhibiting the talents of all students. A part of the income generated through this concert is given to the performers.

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The Aesthetic Skills Development Division

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heDiploma in Drama and Theatre was introduced in 1998 as an 11 month long programme. In 2010 the diploma was conducted in the Colombo, Kurunegala, Hambantota and Rathnapura districts in Sinhalese and in NuwaraEliya and Batticaloa districts in the medium of Tamil. In the year 2011, the diploma took place as a 45 day residential training for a batch of 50 students. The 2012 intake is currently following their diploma at the Batagala Sri Lanka Youth Training Centre.

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National Youth Awards

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he National Youth Awards commend youths who open new horizons, youths who not only achieve the highest levels of personal development, but those who, in doing so, inspire many others. For the services they have rendered, the NYSC salutes them.The National Youth Awards is an annual event which recognizes contributions made by the Youth of Sri Lanka at the National level. The first ever National Youth Awards ceremony was hosted by the National Youth Services Council in 1976 with the aim of recognizing aesthetic skills of young Sri Lankans. The event, today, has become a source of inspiration for youth engaged in aesthetic activities. The inaugural National Youth Awards in 1976 was limited to drama and theatre. After the year 1980, the scope of the National Youth Awards was expanded encompassing different competitive categories in Sinhala and English languages. In 2011, this scope was further widened to include a total of 122 categories.

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The Aesthetic Skills Development Division

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he National Youth Awards commend youths who open new horizons, youths who not only achieve the highest levels of personal development, but those who, in doing so, inspire many others. For the services they have rendered, the NYSC salutes them.The National Youth Awards is an annual event which recognizes contributions made by the Youth of Sri Lanka at the National level. The first ever National Youth Awards ceremony was hosted by the National Youth Services Council in 1976 with the aim of recognizing aesthetic skills of young Sri Lankans. The event, today, has become a source of inspiration for youth engaged in aesthetic activities. The inaugural National Youth Awards in 1976 was limited to drama and theatre. After the year 1980, the scope of the National Youth Awards was expanded encompassing different competitive categories in Sinhala and English languages. In 2011, this scope was further widened to include a total of 122 categories. National Youth Drama Competitionwhich was initiated in 1977 hasnow taken place for 32 consecutive years. In addition to the national level competition, there is a provincial level skit competition, where the winners are rewarded and presented with certificates and cash prizes. In the year 2010, the cash prize awarded to winners of the national level competition was doubled in order to felicitate young thespians and to provide an incentive to young people engaged in theatre.

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Sri Lanka Youth Music Band

The Aesthetic Skills Development Division

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ri Lanka Youth Music Band comprises of a group of young personals with immense talent and potentials in the field of music. They perform regularly in almost every youth related events organized by the National Youth Services Council held island wide. Sri Lanka Youth Music Band lays a strong platform for the youth of this country to sharpen their talents in music and also it provides them the opportunity to show what they could do with the touch of music to the whole world.

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Performing Sri Lanka Youth Music Band

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The Aesthetic Skills Development Division

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Performing Sri Lanka Youth Dancing Group

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ri Lanka Youth Dancing Group comprises of a group of young men and women with immense talent and potentials in the field of dancing. They perform regularly in almost every youth related events organized by the National Youth Services Council held island wide. Sri Lanka Youth Dancing Group lays a strong platform for the youth of this country to sharpen their talents in dancing and also it provides them the opportunity to show what they could do with dancing to the entire world.

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National Vocational Qualification

The Examinations and Evaluations Division

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he Examinations and Evaluations Division of the NYSC conducts examinations for the various trainings and courses. These include the examinations and evaluations of vocational trainings, the National Information Technology and Communication Technology courses among many others. The Examinations and Evaluations Division is also in charge of issuing National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Certificates.

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Sports Development Division

Sports Development

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he NYSC is passionate about helping all young people to achieve to their fullest potential. In order to empower Sri Lanka’s Youth to become healthy citizens; the National Youth Services Council strives to enhance their sporting abilities while inculcating a sense of sportsmanship in them. The Sports Development Division of the NYSC was instrumental in forming Sports Clubs to benefit sportsmen and women for volleyball, netball, judo and the marathon event. The sports clubs handpick youths with special sporting abilities and are potential sportsmen who could represent the country at the international level. They provide these youths with a 2 year long residential training which not only enhances their sporting skills but provides holistic physical, mental and social development. Through its wide network of youth clubs which covers all areas of the country; the NYSC also distributes sporting equipment for the use of the youth. The division is also conducting various training programmes and courses for young athletes and holds training sessions for coaches and referees.

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Sri Lanka Youth Judo Team

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olleyball is the National Sport of Sri Lanka. Partnering with the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, the NYSC is hosting a Youth Volleyball tournament on an annual basis. The Volleyball Championships are organized in order to exhibit the talents of the youth of Sri Lanka via the national television network. The games help to promote National Sport of the country while also providing an opportunity to recruit talented players to junior and senior National teams.

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Sri Lanka Youth Volley Ball Team

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Sports Development Division

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our de Sri Lanka was an historical event which was hosted to mark newly won peace, as our motherland was freed by the three decade long terror of war. The 366 km bicycle rally started in the Eastern town of Batticaloa, running through the country to end in Matara, located in the southern coast of the island. Raising awareness of cycling as healthy, cost effective and eco-friendly mode of transport and a way of recreation was also one of the objectives of Tour de Sri Lanka.

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Sport for social cohesion

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he NYSC sees sports as important tool for social integration. Particularly in the post war development agenda and the social integration process, sports are an ideal tool for bridging gaps and bringing people together. As part of the rehabilitation process of ex-combatant inmates, the Sports Development Division organized a cricket tournament for female inmates.

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Sihinaya Sport Festival in Maharagama

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Avurudu Celebrations

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he Sports Development Division also hosted an Avurudu Festival with the goal of preserving traditional Avurudu games which constitute an integral component of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. Furthermore, the Avurudu Celebrations which are attended by youth from different backgrounds, believing in different faiths and belonging to different ethnic groups also cause social integration and cohesion.

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Sports Development Division

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The Sri Lanka youth gymnasium

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he Sri Lanka youth gymnasium is a multi-functional gym, sporting area and fitness center. The gymnasium is now fully equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus. The sporting arena allows young sportsmen and women to engage in sporting activities. This gymnasium provides gym facilities for the staff members of NYSC and also others in and around the NYSC premises can take the membership and use this gym as well. The prime intention of this modern gym facility is to improve the physical fitness and health of the youth of the country.

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The Champions Torch

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he Champions Torch Relay organised by the National Youth Services Council in collaboration with MTV/MBC Networks travelled for 22 days from Point Pedro to Dondra Head passing 300 cities. The torch relay saw the participation of 1000 young sportsmen and women who were brought into the limelight through this initiative.

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Champions Torch

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Sports Development Division

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he National Youth Sports Festival is the biggest sporting event hosted by the NYSC. It is a national level sports meet aimed at recognizing sporting talents of the countries’ youth. The Sports Festival includes athletics, kabaddi, netball, volleyball, football, elle,cricket, carom, tug of war basketball and beach volleyball among others. This annual sporting extravaganza takes place in men’s and women’s categories in 2 different age categories 13 to 20 and 20 to 29. The National Youth Sports Festival has introduced many well-known sports personalities to the Sri Lankan sports circuit.

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The Education Development Division

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Training session of the Career Guidance Unit

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he Education Development Division has initiated various entrepreneurship development programmes targeting secondary school students and young people pursuing vocational training. The aim of the project is to encourage entrepreneurial skills in young people.From January 2012 to this date, 65 such programmes have taken place. The Education Development Division is committed to empowering young Sri Lankans interested in commencing a self-employment or to develop existing self-employment ventures. The division provides entrepreneurship training and also facilitates the provision of bank loans to interested youths.This programme is currently underway in the Kurunegala, Matara, Trincomalle, Monaragala, Gampaha and Ratnapura districts.

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The Education Development Division

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The Top Twenty Awards

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he Top Twenty Awards is held annually to felicitate talents and contributions made by youths with various talents in different fields. Individual contributions made by young persons are recognized and the youths are introduced to the national audience. The skills and dedication of youths who have excelled in their respective fields through commitment and dedication are recognized. The awardees are recognized at the award ceremony for their contributions. The twenty award categories are as follows: the excellent young entrepreneur, volunteer, announcer, innovator, professional, beautician, journalist, local agriculture producer, photographer, lyricist, author, folk artist, environmentalist, chef, leader, commercial advertiser, technician, school student, school teacher and architect.

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Infrastructural Facilities

The Construction Division

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he Construction Division of the NYSC provides the infrastructural facilities necessary to uphold and promote the values of the Sri Lanka Youth Concept. This includes the construction of buildings, landscaping, maintenance and improvement of existing buildings in different areas of the country. A new concept of the division is the first ever Sri Lanka Youth Park. The Youth Park will be a location for recreation and for youth to spend their leisure time and to maintain the standards of their physical and mental health. The park includes tennis and beach volleyball courts, a hiking trail, summer games, an internet cafĂŠ, a state-of-the-art library, a mini theatre and an open air stage.

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The Farming Development Division

Empowering the Youth

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istorically, Sri Lanka was an agrarian economy. During the reign of King ParakramaBahu the Great, the island was known around the world as the Granary of the East. The Farming Development Division of the NYSC is committed to empowering the youth of Sri Lanka to cultivate in barren lands and to cultivate long term and short term harvest yielding crops. It also generates profit through the sale of farming seeds, ornamental fish farming, livestock farming and animal husbandry. The farms are located in different parts of the island. The Farming Development Division is also conducting a course for young people on agro-technology. It allows interested young people to pursue further studies in agro-technology and thereby to be involved in knowledge based agriculture and agribusiness.

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NYSCO Video Production Division

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NYSCO video editing room

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he NYSCO Video Production Division conducts video recording of all events and programmes conducted by the NYSC. They cover events hosted by the NYSC and coordinate with media institutions to provide media coverage to these projects.

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The NYSCO Video Production Division

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The NYSCO Diploma in Television Programme Production

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he NYSCO Diploma in Television Programme Production Technique and Video Technology is a one year course which prepares students for a career in the television, film, live event, and video production industries. Students work on projects ranging from documentaries and dramatic productions, to news, sports, live event production, commercials, and client projects. The course faculty comprises both of internal resource persons and visiting lecturers. The curriculum encompasses over 13 subjects.

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Sri Lanka Youth Cinematic Harvest

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he Sri Lanka youth Cinematic Harvest is a short film and documentary film festival for the youth of Sri Lanka. The first festival of its kind took place in 2011. The 2012 edition of the festival is scheduled to take place this year and the call for entries has already attracted over 142 submissions. While, many would claim that to make an artistic cinematic creation, one would need an extravagant budget, the participants of the festival readily proved otherwise with their unique productions propelled by burning ambition and creative strengths. Budding, young local film-makers proved that the future of Sri Lankan cinema is in good hands, as they showcased their creative talents at the festival.Furthermore, the NYSCO video studio is a fully equipped, multi-functional studio which is rented out to various institutions.

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Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs

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he establishment of youth clubs at village level in Sri Lanka for youth development commenced in 1979. Most activities of the NYSC are implemented through the youth clubs which were established with the objectives of inculcating a sense pride among the youth while providing opportunities for the fruitful utilization of leisure time by the youth. The Youth club concept was revolutionized with the Y2012 Concept. Any young Sri Lankan between the ages of 13 and 29 can form a youth club for their area, with a membership of at least 20 youths. Members of youth clubs are entitled to many benefits such as being a member of an organization endorsed by the government, and to receive special privileges such as engaging in various community level activities and trainings and accessing various resources.

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The National Youth Awards Authority

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he National Youth Award is an exciting self-development programme open to all young people aged between 14 and 25. It is an individual challenge where each young person challenges himself. The Youth Awards are of three levels the Bronze Level, the Silver Level and the Gold Level. Each Level includes sections on skills, service, and recreation as well as an adventurous journey and a residential project. The award exists in over 120 countries bringing many new and exciting opportunities to the awardees. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-51


International Youth Affairs Division

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he National Youth Services Council partnered with the Japanese Government for the Ship for World Youth Program – 2012. The Ship for World Youth (SWY) program, operated by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, is a program that involves youths from Japan and countries around the world. They board the Ship for World Youth, live together, and while on board, they study and discuss common issues from a global perspective and participate in other various activities that involve multi-cultural and multi-national exchange opportunities.

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The Pakistan-Sri Lanka Youth Exchange

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outh Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world. Within the closely knit social fabric of the South Asian regions exits many differences. Aiming to create a platform for youth in both countries to share and celebrate values unique to their communities, NYSC Sri Lanka designed a youth exchange program between Pakistan and Sri Lanka under the auspices of the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo. The 18-member Pakistani youth delegation arrived in Sri Lanka in March 2011 for a 7-day study visit. During their visit they were able to study the general system of education, the technical and vocational education, Youth Empowerment strategies in Sri Lanka, among others. The Pakistani delegates were hosted by areas residents in Kandy. This facilitated their interaction with Sri Lankan youth, who engaged with various community activities together with their Pakistani counterparts.

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Sri Lanka-British Youth Exchange

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n 23rd February 2012, National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs and Dare2lead Youth Organization in UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding to organize a young leaders exchange between United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council provided funds for this programme. According to the MOU, first phase of the Young Leaders exchange between United Kingdom and Sri Lanka 2012 was held in Sri Lanka from 22n to 29th April and the second phase was held in United Kingdom from 23rd to 29th September in 2012. Eight young leaders from each country participated in this programme and during the programme, young leaders engaged with activities such as field visits, meeting with politicians and youth, and leadership discussion sessions.

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Sri Lanka-British Youth Exchange

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International Youth Affairs Division

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oung people are the most vulnerable to water, energy, economic and climate crises. Additionally, the future generations carry the consequences of the political decisions made at global fora on sustainable development.

The Official Sri Lankan youth delegation for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development presented by the National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka comprised of several young individuals who have proven their mettle in various fields and embody the capacity to carry the island’s flag forward. JayathmaWickramanayake, GeethanjaleeSandamalikaDissanayake, RasuJemsy, RuwiniJayawardana, SikanderSabeer and Mohamed Husni made up the group which took Rio by storm. Hailing from different backgrounds and armed with diverse experiences these young activists worked together as a team to network and build barriers beyond borders with other youths from all parts of the world. The Sri Lankan Youth were able to host several side events on “Youth for Beyond 2015 Development Agenda”, “Youth 21” and also several World Youth Conference 2014 promotion events at Rio+20. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-55


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International Day of Youth

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n the 12th of August the NYSC hosted the National Celebration of the International Day of Youth. Around 2500 youth assembled at the Independence Square to attend the National Celebration of IYD 12’. The event kicked off with a parade which made its way to the Independence Square, in Colombo.Several dignitaries including the Minister of Youth Affairs Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Mr. SubinayNandy graced this occasion. Miss Sri Lanka 2011 and Global Shaper Ms. Stephanie Siriwardhana and the Secretary of the Youth Club Federation, Mr. SamanRanaweera addressed the youth present at the event. The youths then attempted to make the world’s largest human mosaic (one of the world map) and literary lit it up: reflecting the global theme of the IYD Light-up the World. The event was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Volunteers. The participants signed up for a pledge as they entered into the human mosaic, wherein they committed to volunteer at a project location of their choice within 90 days from the IYD. We showed the world that they were not a problem, they were the part of the solution.

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International Youth Affairs Division

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SL Volunteers

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Above olunteering is a way of life. Every person has something to give back to the society: it could be a song, a poem, a helping Photo Description hand, or just about anything. One shouldn’t hold anything back, and do everything that could to be of use, in whatever field one is interested in. The Sri Lanka Volunteers Responsible Volunteering Policy was put together by the SL Volunteer team and the NYSC in consultation with local social workers and members of the civil society. The volunteers serve at locations chosen by SL Volunteers Team in sites where the greatest need is believed to be. They volunteer at special needs centres, youth centres, children’s homes etc... SL volunteers have learnt from experience that making monetary donations directly to projects may not necessarily improve the lives of the beneficiaries. Therefore, they donate specific items to projects.

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All volunteers are educated in the first week about Sri Lankan Culture to ensure that volunteers have the necessary knowledge about the community they will serve in. Alongside the Sri Lankan Child Protection Guidelines, SL Volunteers have put together additional rules for volunteers to follow to never cause distress to any beneficiary they work with. Volunteers are accommodated with local families allowing them to gain a first-hand experience on the Sri Lankan culture and way of life. Furthermore, recently a memorandum of understanding was signed between the British S.L Volunteers and the NYSC on improving English speaking abilities as well as football and swimming skills of the countries youth. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-57


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Sri Lanka Youth Delegates to the United Nations

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Sri Lanka Youth Delegates to the United Nations

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articipation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.The National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka initiated the “Sri Lanka’s Official Youth Delegates to the United Nations” programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development & the Ministry of External Affairs. Youth delegates can participate in several intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. After a lengthy selection process of interviews, trainings and consultative workshops, AruthraRajasingham and JayathmaWickramanayake were selected Above as the two Official Youth Delegates to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.

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Youth to Embark

Career Guidance Unit

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roviding training for the countries’ youth to embark on an optimal career and develop the necessary transferable skills to become efficient members of the workforce; the Career Guidance Division of the NYSC organized Trade Conferences in Galle Anuradhapura, Kegalle, Puttalam, Moneragala and Badhulla districts. The division also hopes to conduct similar conferences in other parts of the country. Furthermore, so as to develop the necessary transferable skills in youngsters NYSC also hosted a Job Fair in the Kandy and Galle Districts. Similar fairs will take place in other parts of the island in the days to come.

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The Sri Lanka Youth Event management Unit

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Sri Lanka Youth Event management Unit

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he Sri Lanka Youth Event Management Unit could be branded as a prominent initiative contributing significantly in achieving the vision of moulding a population of youth which can stand on its ground with necessary skills. The sole intention of this projects is creating individuals equipped with a clear understanding of modern technology, a proper knowledge on the practical realities and a clear vision of combining these forces. Through the Special Event Management Course, the youth are given a comprehensive study on both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Event Management spread throughout a period of 6 months, after completion of which, an internationally approved certificate is being awarded to the trainees. Through the experiences they gain with the various projects spread throughout the island and with the international exposure they gain with managing the 2014 World Youth Conference, the Sri Lanka Youth Event Management Unit expects to become the leading service provider operating within Sri Lanka. Above

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ri Lanka Youth News” is the official newspaper released by The National Youth Services Council in the first week of every month. This paper contains articles written by young men and women working with the NYSC and other young personscan also contribute write-ups.Furthermore, it carries news about youth activities conducted by the NYSC and its future plans as well.”www.srilankayouthnews.com” is the official website of “Sri Lanka Youth News”. This Newspaper provides a platform for talented youth of the country to brush up their skills in writing. It’s becoming the time to redeem new out look for youth generation and pump humanity,love,kindness and persevering to there mind.Without opponent Media takes the ability on above activity.Looking on this point,National Youth Services Council has began a project,”Youyh Media Accademy” to full-fill the national task for growing valuable youth generation. Youth Media Accademy gave the birth to her first war-horse,called “SRI LANKA YOUTH” News Paper complete task.with this national responsibility is following all over the country,specially among members of youth societies.Now it’s publishing 8000 copies per month and giving opportunity to new young journalist to add experience on there proffessional pathway.

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SRI LANKA YOUTH NEWS APP

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or the first time ever by a Government organization, the National Youth Services Council proudly presents “Sri Lanka Youth News App Version 1.0” to the general public. This is a mobile application which can run on any device with the Android OS. At the moment, Android is the most popular operating system used in mobile phones and tablets in the world and this application is available free of charge to be downloaded in Android Store and Google Play. With this application, all the news related to youth can be viewed through your mobile device instantly and also it gives you the privilege to log into the www.srilankayouthnews.com full website and receive real time updates. With this application you can gain easy access to any of the preferred categories such as sports, entertainment etc. available on www.srilankayouthnews. It filters this information before viewing them. All the social media platform including YouTube other popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Blogger are integrated via the “Sri Lanka Youth News App”. With the latest technology and the attractive interface of this application we believe that “Sri Lanka Youth News App” will make a new shift of gears in the government sector and it will help to bring Sri Lanka Youth much closer to the general public.

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Sri Lanka Youth 5S concept

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he National Youth Services Council has being adopting the 5S concept for a considerable period of time over the past few years and thus NYSC has being functioning in proper order and a well planned manner. This has made working easier for everyone, including the staff and also for any other person visiting the NYSC . Starting from the entrance, till the very moment one exits the NYSC premises you can experience the 5S concept at work. Spotlight-National Youth Services Council – Sri Lanka Youth-63


NYSCO

Youth Services Co-operative Society

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o be a pioneering institution which will pave the way to build-up an entrepreneurial culture by minimizing the economic instability of youth community in the country is a main goal of NYSC. NYSCO develops the network of youth co-operatives, qualitatively, quantitatively and sustainably in order to render productive and efficient services to young entrepreneurs whilst implementing various projects through its well trained staff.

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Edited By Senel Wanniarachchi Photographed by Rasika Sanjeewa Official Photographer at Sri Lanka Youth-National Youth Services Council Crafted By Design Factory www.dflanka.com www.dflanka.blogspot.com

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