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CCC ILO with Ministry of Education launch Schoolpeneur 2023

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Aiming to foster entrepreneurial mindsets among schoolchildren in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), together with the Ministry of Education and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives will launch the Schoolpreneur 2023: School Entrepreneurship Day, islandwide on November 16.

Schoolpreneur 2023 will span across schools in all nine provinces of the country, with one district chosen from each province to host the event – Anuradhapura, Badulla, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Puttalam, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, the inclusion of School Entrepreneurship Day in the annual school calendar is designed to act as a catalyst to promote and highlight entrepreneurism among school children across Sri Lanka.

Entrepreneurship is a fundamental pillar of a nation’s socio-economic well-being. It fuels innovation, job creation, and economic growth. Entrepreneurs introduce new ideas, products and services, spurring competition and enhancing the overall quality of life.

They also contribute to the diversification of industries and reduce the nation’s dependence on a single economic sector. Furthermore, entrepreneurship empowers individuals to seize control of their financial destinies, nurturing a sense of self-reliance and autonomy. By imparting these essential skills to young children early on, Schoolpreneur 2023 will serve as a significant catalyst in promoting entrepreneurship among youth.

Secretary of the Ministry of Education M.N. Ranasinghe stated; “Entrepreneurship holds significant significance for our nation at the present time. I extend my gratitude to CCC, ILO, and their collaborative partners for enabling this. Notably, we have witnessed substantial advancements in fostering entrepreneurship within educational institutions, including the establishment of entrepreneurship clubs nationwide.”

ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Director Simrin Singh stated; “This ILO initiative expects to make a significant contribution in nurturing youth entrepreneurship within the nation, especially amongst school students who are not targeted under traditional entrepreneurship development programs on offer. Entrepreneurship plays a crucial role in driving economic growth and progress.”

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce CEO Buwanekabahu Perera stated; “At this moment in Sri Lanka, our primary goal is to attain economic stability. To achieve this, it is essential that we nurture entrepreneurship and leadership abilities in the country’s youth to stimulate innovation. I extend my gratitude to all our partners within the entrepreneurship ecosystem nationwide for their support in making this initiative a resounding success.”

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