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Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd, the initiator of many programmes on community development through health, nutrition and women’s empowerment, recently announced at a press conference held at Water’s Edge in Colombo that the 3rd Fair & Lovely `Jeewika Athwela’ education & career guidance fair will be held at the Technical College Premises in Matara on 25th to 27th January 2008 together with the Ministry of Vocational & Technical Training.

Unilever’s Fair & Lovely to give Southern youth a head start to a better future through ‘Jeewika Athwela’ Career Fair

Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd, the initiator of many programmes on community development through health, nutrition and women’s empowerment, recently announced at a press conference held at Water’s Edge in Colombo that the 3rd Fair & Lovely `Jeewika Athwela’ education & career guidance fair will be held at the Technical College Premises in Matara on 25th to 27th January 2008 together with the Ministry of Vocational & Technical Training.

A distinct feature of the Fair & Lovely Jeewika Athwela education & career guidance fair is that it provides students, unemployed and marginally employed youth with useful information on how to deal with various issues they will face in charting their future careers. It is of particular importance to those who have recently concluded their GCE (O/L) and GCE (A/L) Examinations as well as those who have passed out of University.

While current opportunities for further education, vocational study courses and self employment opportunities are made available, career counselling and career guidance add more value to the services offered at the fair.

Nadeesha Wijesinghe, Marketing Manager of Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd., addressing the press conference clarified the origin and purpose of the Fair & Lovely Foundation. She said that Fair & Lovely products help young people overcome anxiety and build confidence in them.

While F& L products have helped thousands of young people to gain that confidence and win in the sweepstakes of life, Unilever felt that there was more that could be done to assist the youth, With this intention the Fair & Lovely Foundation was set up in 2003 to promote economic empowerment for women and since then has initiated a variety of projects including vocational training scholarships, personality development programmes and education & career guidance exhibitions by the name of Jeewika Athwela.

The first Jeewika Athwela Career Fair was held in Colombo in 2005 drawing more than 30,000 participants in three days. These participants, representing almost all the districts of Sri Lanka sought solutions to their education and career development problems at the fair.

“Based on the immensely satisfying responses and feed back received from the participants as well as principals, and leading educationalists we decided to hold similar exhibitions in other key areas of the country.

As a result, the 2nd Jeewika Athwels was held successfully in Kandy in 2006 and with the backing of the Ministry of Vocational & Technical Training we are now organising the 3rd career fair to be held in Matara in January 2008” Nadeesha stated.

Undoubtedly, the Jeewika Athwela Career Fair has made such a positive impact on so many lives that we are very happy to take the event to the populous Matara district and are very confident that the youth in the Southern Province will immensely benefit from this endeavour, she concluded

Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd.

258 M. Vincent Perera Mw

Colombo 14

Sri Lanka

+94 (0) 11 4700 800

communications.usl@unilever.com

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