Champions of Change

Champions of Change

Following mentoring weekend, schools of varying ethnic, religious and geographical backgrounds are partnered together, to work on a project to impact a community of their choice, catalyzing grassroot change to occur by pooling the efforts of multiple schools. This program combines reconciliation, leadership, inter-communal dialogue and common responsibility of rebuilding a nation.

As students work together, they discover more shared interests between their two communities and build relationships which enhances the concept of reconciliation on a larger scale. The students are taught principles of project identification, management, fund-raising, public relations etc. to help them design feasible projects. Exceptional community projects will receive recognition and a well-deserved award at the next Future Leaders’ Conference Award Ceremony.

Results

Over the years, projects have been carried out across the country. A few noteworthy projects include;

  1. Kegalu Vidyalaya and Mullaitivu Vattrapalai Maha Vidyalaya organized a community exchange program. A similar exchange program was organized by Methodist College, Colombo and Vembadi Girls High School, Jaffna
  2. Zahira College Matale and Republican International School, Nuwara Eliya conducted a public awareness campaign against racism called “Eka men samadena” in Kandy
  3. Aloysius College Galle and St Thomas’ College Matara to conduct 14 workshops in schools from the southern province to raise awareness on SLU and SHOW you care
  4. Zahira College Puttalam and Royal English School, Kurunegala conducted an anti-drug campaign and a THINK poster campaign to raise awareness on countering hate-speech
  5. Ladies’ College Colombo and Trinity College Kandy partnered to organize a charity run called “Stride to Ride”, the funds raised purchased bicycles for students from the SLU reconciliation centers.