Presidential Classroom brings together
over 500 student leaders from 35 countries to the Future World
Leaders Summit in Washington. D.C. each year to explore
international relations, diplomacy and the changing world
This July, Sri Lanka was the largest
foreign delegation at this summit with 47 delegates from 11
schools. At the summit, these student leaders who are between
16-19 years old experience better debating skills in a
democratic environment, learn how to ask smart questions, how to
become better listeners and how to appreciate diversity by
debating current world issues with peers from a variety of
backgrounds and cultures.
Participation at this summit gives the
Sri Lankan delegates an advantage to gain admissions to American
Universities on scholarships.
The high command of English displayed
by the Sri Lankan delegates helped them to be elected to many
leadership roles at the summit. Adam Flamer Caldera, Chanchala
Gunewardena and Swatthika Krishnamoorthy, all of Asian
International School were elected by their respective working
groups to make oral presentations in English and present the
final recommendations of their group to the 500 delegate summit.
Of the 12 presentations made, the
three at the final summit were by these Sri Lankan teenagers
making Sri Lanka proud of her teachers, school heads and the
parents. The Sri Lankan delegates elected Adam Flamer Caldera as
Head of State and Hussain Akbarally of AIS as Deputy Head of
State to lead them through the week, that made Sri Lanka the
most outstanding country delegation out of the 36 nations at the
July 2005 Future World Leaders Summit.
During their one-week stay in
Washington. D.C., these aspiring young leaders gain a better
understanding of the importance of active citizenship, how
individuals can make a difference in our society, enhance
leadership with critical thinking and consensus-building while
experiencing the life on an American campus.
"Sri Lanka has been participating in
the Future World Leaders Summit as a full country delegation
since year 2000, and 243 Sri Lankan student leaders have
attended this summit so far. Since their return, 167 of them
have since obtained financial scholarships and are now
completing their higher education in American, British and
Australian Universities," says Ananda Rajapakse, the Honorary
Representative for South Asia for Presidential Classroom Inc.,
USA, who introduced the program to Sri Lanka, Maldives, India
and Pakistan in 2000.
The next summit is from July 22-29,
2006. More details are available on www.futureworldleader.org