Adolescence is the period of transition between childhood and adulthood. It can be segmented into three stages: early adolescents (10-13 years of age), middle adolescents (14-16), and late adolescents (17-19). The experiences, knowledge and skills gained by a young person during this critical period of life impact on their future adult life.
Globally, the adolescents of today face a unique set of collective challenges, including an uncertain economic outlook, high levels of youth unemployment, an escalating number of humanitarian crises, climate change and rapid urbanisation.
Sri Lanka has an adolescent population of more than three million. Steady investments in health, education and water and sanitation services have resulted in improving and high survival rates, better literacy levels and improved access to safe water and sanitation. However, greater levels of investment in education and youth training are needed, especially for higher levels of skills and knowledge. Such efforts can contribute towards breaking the root causes of poverty and discrimination and significantly contribute to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy. The energy, creativity and free-spirit of young people can be channeled to make a positive impact in society.