Voices of Youth - My best memory of 2014

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There’s a lot to write about, but don’t worry, I won’t bore you with every single detail. I have already told you how I spent the year 2014, and this is part of that story. There’s nothing extraordinary about it, no earthshaking theories formed during its course. But in truth, at least for me, it was life-changing. It all started in June 2014. It was a Saturday. I was sitting in class listening to a boring lecture, and I felt the sudden urge to go through my Facebook News...


In 2014, I learnt to be myself

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Yesterday I was thinking to myself, weighing my options and making decisions for the year ahead. I found myself thinking back to the 31st of last December and I suddenly realised how I have grown and learned better over the last 365 days. All in all, 2014 has been the best year in my life so far. It has been one of realisation, growth and learning. I still think back to that cold December day when I received my GCE Advanced Level results. I had 3 credit passes - which in my cou...


Skills for 2030

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There was a time when I dreamed of a future where I would find myself a decent job, and I used to tell myself that education could get me there. I pushed myself to get the best out of the public education system in this country, and although I failed, I still had options. I wanted to get my qualifications right, so that I could get employed, and I’m pretty sure that most of you can relate to this same thought process - after being assured by our parents over and over again in our...


We can change how the business world works

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In the old world, every business had the prime objective of satisfying its shareholders. It was a way of selling products or services that people wanted, or those that people were made to believe they wanted, in order to make profits. These products, or mostly the means of production, were not always ethical: the raw materials came at a huge cost to the environment, children were employed as labourers under harsh conditions, quality was compromised in order to save costs, and so on...


Youth Participation in Politics and Governance

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In democracies like the one I live in, politics is, whether we like it or not, an integral part of our lives. In everything we read, everything we eat and even in everything we touch is a story interwoven with politics. We know of people who have given up their lucrative careers to come into politics and do community service; we know of committed “career politicians”, and we also know of the greedy and the slovenly type who live off public property. Therefore in politics, a...


Children's Hackathon: innovation shapes children's lives

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We can no longer turn a blind eye to a viral disease breaking out in distant West Africa; we can no longer ignore extremists terrorising the populations in the Middle East. We are long past the time where small communities lived in contentment with their local produce and found solace in the security of their confined collectives. We are no longer self sufficient, and as we find ourselves in the midst of globalisation the borders that divide us fade away. Our thoughts, actions and...


Entrepreneurship: the best solution for unemployment

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For a nation to succeed, it is crucial that it’s people should be able to enjoy a decent life. Their purchasing power has to speak for the quality of life they enjoy. In achieving this, a major factor to be considered is the employability and the the employment status of the people. I think we all agree that the first group who should be prioritised in terms of employment is the youth. It is the youth who are employed who can contribute most effectively to the national economy an...


Volunteerism today: My mixed feelings

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I was invited to an event last Tuesday. The Ministry of Social Services of Sri Lanka, along with UN Volunteers and UNDP, launched the National Volunteering Secretariat (NVS) at an extravagant event held in Galadari Hotel Colombo, with First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe-Rajapaksa attending as the chief guest. The launch was followed by the 2-day National Conference on Volunteering. I learnt at the event that the NVS was conceived by the authorities sometime back. The motive beh...


Global Power Dynamics and the Third World

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In a set of latest findings, TIME says that China will take over the USA as the world’s largest economy in 2019. Evidence to support this prediction can be seen all over the world if you look closely - Chinese Internet giant Alibaba claimed the distinction of having to its name the world’s largest IPO (Initial Public Offering) less than a month back, while wealthy Chinese are buying age old family owned Wine businesses in France. 17% of USA’s debt is owned by China, and almos...


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  • Thamara Kandabada

    I study Business Finance and International Relations, while working in the eCommerce field. I am passionate about inclusive and sustainable growth, youth-led governance and equal opportunities for all.


    Inscrit le June 7, 2014


    Age 20 • 27 Articles


    ISM APAC, Sri Lanka