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.
Over the years, projects have been carried out across the country. A few noteworthy projects include;
- 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
- Zahira College Matale and Republican International School, Nuwara Eliya conducted a public awareness campaign against racism called “Eka men samadena” in Kandy
- 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
- 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
- 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.