Revive, the youth forum to fight this economic crisis has come to a triumphant conclusion – Adaderana Biz
Revive was a forum organized by AIESEC at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura for the first time, focusing on Sri Lanka’s economic crisis with the aim of engaging young people in finding solutions to current economic problems.
AIESEC, which is the largest youth-led organization in the world, is committed to giving opportunities to young people by facilitating them in cross-cultural internships and volunteer exchanges with the main objective of developing young leaders. Being one of the most outstanding local committees in Sri Lanka, AIESEC of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura successfully launched Revive by setting a new benchmark for future initiatives.
The forum was organized with the aim of empowering young people to exercise responsible leadership for a better Sri Lanka by inspiring creative solutions by providing an open and politically impartial space, while aligning each other with SDG 08 ; Decent work and economic growth. It was held on July 13, 2022 with the participation of students, undergraduates and members of youth organizations at the DHLL Conference Center in Colombo.
Revive was honored with the presence of some notable personalities in Sri Lanka who gave their perspective on the country’s economic downturn and educated young people on the importance of their role in the country’s revival. The forum began with a memorable session by the keynote speaker, Mr. Peter D’Almeida, who highlighted the importance of youth actions in advocating for change as the future leaders of this country.
“You have to be curious, you have to understand the situation in which you have fallen, to recover from it,” he said.
The main session was followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion which featured four notable and profound personalities; Mr. Dhananath Fernando, Dr. Dinesh Hamangoda, Mr. Heminda Jayaweera and Mr. Tharindu Ameresekere. The discussion was moderated by Mrs. Ashinsanie Weerasinghe who ensured that the economic perceptions of the panelists were well conveyed to the audience.
The Revive magazine was the highlight of the forum where the opportunity was given to young people and our partners to present their thoughts on the official magazine regarding the current economic crisis and what can be done to remedy the situation. The magazine was compiled with more than 20 articles and poems from revolutionary youth as well as messages from our partners. The official Revive Magazine was launched on the day of the event and distributed to speakers and other guests. With over 1.8,000 live views, over 330 delegate registrations, 5 community partners and marketing through digital, electronic and print media platforms, Revive has managed to prove the impact it has created with young people.
The forum would not have been successful without the benevolent partners of Revive, Strategic Partner Hemas Consumer Brands, Professional Training Partner CIMA Sri Lanka, Wisdom Business Academy and PrintXcel Group as Deluxe Partners, Empowerment Partner, Curve Up followed by the Media Partners, Ada Derana Business and Good PR, Print Media Partner Ceylon Today, Digital Media Partner Arteculate Asia. The forum was also accompanied by Ada Derana 24 as the official electronic media partner while Japura Flames contributed as the college media partner with Eclipse Motion as the live streaming partner. Gratitude also goes to magazine partner, Aitken Spence Printing and Packaging, stationery partner Sadeepa Bookshop and printing partner WeAds, followed by Revive’s generous banner, food and gift partners who supported the effective execution from the forum.
Considering the dire situation prevailing in the country, organizing and executing events is indeed a challenge. As an innovative and timely initiative, Revive succeeded in meeting these challenges by reaching new heights and setting a standard for events to come, once again proving the excellence of AIESEC at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
If someone wants to make a change in the system, the first option is to educate themselves about it. Young people have a role to play in reviving the current situation in our country by proposing solutions that would solve the problems related to the economy. As a youth-led organization, AIESEC has created the perfect platform for this through Revive. We are confident that the impact Revive creates among young people will ultimately push Sri Lanka towards a brighter future.