COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Two Sri Lankans are among 60 people from across the Commonwealth to be honoured by the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, a leadership honour recognising work that improves the lives of people in their communities.
Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe, 26, has been recognised for his work around creating cohesive communities through culture, arts and languages.
Nineteen-year-old Kavindya Thennakoon has been recognised for efforts in founding Without Borders, which aims to tackle the lack of quality education and employment.
They are “among 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who have been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities,” a statement said.
This year’s award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.
Before receiving their award at Buckingham Palace the winners will meet the UK Prime MinisterDavid Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit the headquarters of global social networking company, Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service.
Following the ceremony on the 22nd June, award winners will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme which includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.
The goal of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth.
It was set up by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, in honour of The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth.