Youths contribute much to development - President
Youths of a country are more precious than gems and jewellery,
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at the passing out ceremony of the
National Youth Corps 2012 batch of the National Youth Services Council
at the Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Grounds yesterday.
He said youths between 15 and 29 represent a 26 percent of the total
population. "Many countries reach the top rung in development with the
contribution of their youths. The development of a country receives
massive impetus with the increase in the youth population," he said.
"We, elders should understand the mindset of the youth as the present
environment is totally different from the past," the President said.
"They should be guided to make a better world together with the
thinking culture enriched by Buddhism," he said.
"I can still remember the period which we underwent. When I attended
a funeral of a war hero at Sangappaliya, Galgamuwa, the mother of a
fallen soldier said she had three sons and two died in the battlefield
and the other son will also be joining the Army," the President said. He
said that day he decided his second son Yoshitha would be joining the
"July was considered inauspicious for Sri Lanka as this month was
famous for incidents like the Black July and July strike. But these
youths have changed that myth," he said.
"I was never of the opinion that the youth can be categorised as
competent and incompetent. Each child is capable of something. The
problem is parents and teachers fail to identify that talent," he said.
President Rajapaksa said he assigned Youth and Skills Development
Minister Dullas Allahapperuma to identify youths' talents and bring them