PALP- Peace Ambassador Leadership Program
Peace Ambassador Leadership Program is a youth development project which was implemented by International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP) and supported by British Council. In this project, the young people were trained to build their Leadership skills. Through this project, which took place in Galle, four Social Action Projects were implemented in the community level and encouraged participants to work toward the national level. For the sustainable development of the community and the sustainable peace of the nation, this project created a youth network along the country and opened a platform to the youth in order to learn from each other about different cultures, believes, and other values of the different communities. In this time Sri Lanka is seeking to build a strong community network among the youths across the country and this project would be helpful for the government reconciliation plans as well.
The development objective of this project is to empower participants to engage peacefully and effectively with other cultures in the sustainable development of their communities. Engaging young people in policy dialogues and decision-making processes on the social, economic, environmental, and cultural affairs that matter most to them therefore has to be an important component of the engagement process with youth. The immediate objective of this project is to promote understanding among young people on different diversity issues. Give them exposure to different cultures and learn from each other. And finally to promote a culture of non-violence and peaceful resolution of conflicts both interpersonal and inter-community among the young generation and recognize them and award them as peace ambassadors.
Mr.Thirukumar Premakumar who is the founder and the president of International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP), handled the project as the project consultant with the support of Mrs. Saranya Sivasubramaniyam who represented the board of directors of IYAP, and Mr. Nazreen Mohamed, the district coordinator. This project was funded by the British Council.