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Knowledge City

TTTI believes there is an opportunity to up-skill Tamil youths for employment job-creating industries and, at a system level, level out the playing field such that youth can be recruited based on their industry-specific skill sets rather than their connections or paper qualifications (which the most disadvantaged youths do not have).

Right now, there are 2 ongoing projects for Vocational Training Centers in Srilanka built by TTTI in Jaffna and Batticaloa. TTTI also intends to build a complete Knowledge City in various countries to encourage Linguistic, Technical and Economical skills of Tamil Youth.

Why do we start with Srilanka?

Sri Lanka has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving extreme poverty and is on track to meet most of the other MDGs, outperforming other South Asian countries. Sri Lanka experienced a major decline in poverty between 2002 and 2009 – from 23 per cent to 9 per cent of the population. Despite this pockets of poverty continue to exist. An estimated 9 per cent of Sri Lankans who are no longer classified as poor live within 20 per cent of the poverty line and are, thus, vulnerable to shocks which could cause them to fall back into poverty.

Sri Lanka has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world, and creating jobs for the bottom 40% has become a challenge. Sri Lanka also faces challenges in social inclusion, governance and sustainability. According to government policies and economic reforms stated by Prime Minister and Minister of National Policy and economic affairs Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka plans to create a knowledge-based social market economy and an export-oriented economy as well as the Western Region Megapolis a Megapolis in the western province to promote economic growth. The creation of several business and technology development areas island-wide specialised in various sectors, as well as tourism zones,  are also being planned.

TTTI works together with NGO`s in different countries worldwide formally to coordinate the activities to help youths in war-affected areas in Sri Lanka to enable to have an honourable income source to earn basic needs of livelihood through education and vocational training skills.Youth Unemployment coupled with Skills Shortage is common in Tourist Attractive Spots in Sri Lanka. Jaffna district in Sri Lanka, youth unemployment rates are very high, with rates in commercial capitals even higher. At the same time, businesses across the region, employers complain that they cannot find enough skilled entry-level workers, given the low quality of education systems.

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