The opening ceremony of the National Programme Development Workshop of the Sri Lanka Scout Association was held at the Lee Dasanayake Training Center in Mirigama, Sri Lanka on the 26th of September attended by 39 participants from 28 districts from around the country. Participants are assistant district commissioners and Scout leaders involved in District Program Development, and some Rover Scouts.
Former Chief Commissioner Mr. C. Batuwangala, who was the chief guest highlighted Scouting as an educational movement and explained the importance of educational objectives in activities and events. Present also at the opening were Chief Commissioner Prof. Nimal De Silva, APR Director for Youth Programme Mr. Syd Castillo and Regional Director of the Asia Pacific Region Mr. Abdullah Rasheed. Programme Commissioner Mr. Sarath Godakandarachchi is the one directing the workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to gather key Scout leaders to share and equip them with the technical process of developing an attractive and challenging Youth Programme which was one of the recommendations of the Committee NSO visit held in 2010.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Nimal De Silva said "the objectives of the participants is to make Scouting interesting. Every district is different and has diverse needs and the programme developers should take into consideration these needs and use the knowledge derived from the workshop to develop Scouting in the districts."
He said “Scouting is the only educational youth programme for young people that combines the use of head, heart and hands in whatever they do.” International Commissioner and Chairman of the APR Management Sub-Committee Mr. Janaprith Fernando appreciated the work done by the Asia-Pacific Regional office in supporting the youth programme development of the national Scout organizations.
Programme development workshops were previously held in other countries, most recently in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Mongolia and Pakistan.