Continuing with promoting environmental education across the island…

The past couple of months were quite exciting for the Youth Wing. We have successfully
restarted our ‘Education for Conservation’ program despite the current situation and
continued to inspire next generation of environmental custodians of our country. We have
conducted programs in four schools in Wasgamuwa on the 21st of and 22nd of April,
engaging with more than 300 students.

To celebrate World Environment Day and World Ocean Day, we conducted a week-long
school awareness program series at Anawilundawa from the 6th to the 10th of June. We
have selected 10 schools located in the proximity of Anawilundawa International Ramsar
Wetland Sanctuary for this program series. Curating our programs to highlight the
importance of protecting our mangrove and wetland ecosystems, we have also spotlighted
the ongoing mangrove restoration work carried out by the WNPS Marine Subcommittee.
This week-long program series has allowed us to connect with more than 1000 students
from the area. So far in 2022, we have educated more than 2000 students across the island
on the importance of protecting our ecosystems, fauna and flora. We would like to thank
NDB for their continuous support in this venture.

More school programs will be taking place after the 15th of June, broadening the school
community we work with. We are planning to conduct more school programs in Matara and
Mannar in the coming months. Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth Wing’s
‘Education for Conservation’ Program has worked with nearly 80 schools around the country
and by far has reached more than 10,000 students.

Congratulations are in order to our immediate past Chair, Ms Zaineb Akbarally who is one of
the newly appointed Vice Presidents of the society. Her guidance led the Youth Wing to
grow as one of the most successful youth led initiatives in the country, working towards
environmental conservation. We would also like to congratulate and welcome our new
chairperson, Mr Keshan Perera, who we believe to have the passion and enthusiasm to
make the future of the Youth Wing even brighter.

We are excited about the coming months. Youth Wing has more programs, events and
social media campaigns planned and we invite you to follow our journey through our social
media.

More exciting things are on your way! Stay tuned!