UNDP partners with NYSC, Cisco and Citi of Sri Lanka to train youth in digital and entrepreneurial skills - Opportunity Sri Lanka
UNDP partners with NYSC, Cisco and Citi of Sri Lanka to train youth in digital and entrepreneurial skills

UNDP partners with NYSC, Cisco and Citi of Sri Lanka to train youth in digital and entrepreneurial skills

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka has reportedly partnered with the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), Cisco and Citi in Sri Lanka with the aim of training youth in digital and entrepreneurial skills.
A statement has noted that they will conduct e-learning programmes in 20 locations across Sri Lanka to build on national priorities placed on strengthening the knowledge on Information and Communication Technology skills among youth.
“eLearning is a powerful tool that has the potential to connect the youth of Sri Lanka to up-to-date learning material to equip youth with the right tools to contribute to the sustainable development of the country,” the statement has reported stated.
“This innovative mode of learning will also support in developing the entrepreneurial skills of youth, thus providing them with the ability to positively contribute towards the economy.”
Murugan Vasudevan, Regional Manager – South Asia for Cisco has been quoted in the local media as saying that entrepreneurship skills are critical to create jobs of the future, many of which also require digital skills.
“Cisco is excited to be able to partner with the United Nations to offer the entrepreneurship course with interactive, online case studies to show how one can apply digital skills to start a business.”
An added feature of this programme will be the training on ‘Financial literacy for Young Entrepreneurs,’ facilitated by Citi staff who will volunteer as resource persons.
“We strongly believe technology is a key enabler for inclusive development and recognizes the crucial role of the youth in creating a prosperous Sri Lanka,” Ravin Basnayake, Citi Country Officer for Sri Lanka has been quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Jorn Sorensen, UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director, has reportedly said that the programme will support the digital capacity of young people in Sri Lanka.
“As a crucial segment of society, we believe that engaging with young entrepreneurs to provide better access to market information and business skills, and a better enabling environment for youth-led enterprises is the best way forward to achieve inclusive and participatory sustainable development”.
The e-Learning programme will engage approximately 1000 youth through the National Youth Services Council network island wide, who will have an opportunity to the Cisco eLearning course on Entrepreneurship.
The programme will run as a two-day workshop engaging 50 participants at each youth center.
Forty best performers from this pool of participants will be given an opportunity to engage with the youth center instructors as Volunteer Instructor Assistants to expand this initiative further to other young people within the community.

OSL take:

The UNDP programme with Sri Lanka’s NYC and Cisco and Citi aimed at training youth in digital and entrepreneurial skills would help further develop the skilled workforce in Sri Lanka. The country already boasts of a high literacy rate in the region and the further development of the skilled workforce would make Sri Lanka an ideal business destination for many foreign businesses/investors.

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