YESL introduces several programs
Sri Lankan children are talented to be future entrepreneurs once they
acquire the necessary capacities.
Young entrepreneurs get less information on how to start their own
business from the Government offices, Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka (YESL)
President Patrick Amarasinghe said at the press conference on Global
Entrepreneurship Week 2010 falling in November each year.
As an attempt to bridge this gap, YESL has introduced several
programs to inspire young entrepreneurs. Among these programs, High
School Company Program has attracted the attention of many and proved
successful by winning awards.
YESL is a non profit organization by Guarantee, Member/Franchise
Holder of Junior Achievement Worldwide conducting practical business,
economics and entrepreneurship education programs in schools since 1998.
The Education Minister has approved this program.
YESL is dedicated to inspire and educate students to be workforce
ready and entrepreneurial through programs oriented towards students in
Primary, Middle School and High School levels. Specialized programs are
available in different business areas which add value to students by
assisting them identifying their strengths and future careers.
“Considering the challenge the country faces in providing income
generating opportunities for youth and making them employable, these
practical business, economics and entrepreneurial programs are relevant
to the Socio-economic progress of Sri Lanka,” Amarasinghe said.
YESL has introduced a new program on travel and tourism and these
programs are available in schools all over the country. The significant
quality of this program is that it is conducted in English.
“YESL needs to create more development at the grassroot level and we
are at present in the process of educating parents about
entrepreneurship. We have started our programs with the Colombo
University already,” Amarasinghe said.