Six of our 6th Form students joined over 350 students from all around the country in Jaffna from 28th August to 1st September for the 4th Sri Lanka Unites Future Leaders Conference. On arrival, they were divided up into different teams so students from the same school were separated and mixed with students from other provinces. These teams then took part in sporting and cultural activities designed to promote team-building and help students bridge the ethnic and linguistic divide. Our students had a chance to meet students who had been severely affected by the fighting at the end of the war, including some who had been part of the ‘Human Shield’ used by the LTTE.

Speakers included former UN Under Secretary-General Jayantha Dhanapala and the CEO of Brandix, Ashroff Omar. There were also workshops for students interested in Medicine, Business, Law and other careers led by specialists in the field, many from overseas. Congratulations to Shamira Ghouse who won 3rd place in the English Oratory competition at the conference and Amar Riyaz who helped his team win the Best Performance award. The students also enjoyed watching and playing Basketball with the American Sri Lankan rapper Ras Ceylon.

The students stayed in Jaffna College, one of the oldest schools in the country founded in 1817, and had the chance to look around Jaffna and the surrounding area, including the beach and lagoon.

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