Ten Sri Lankan students joined 400 outstanding students from around the world at the Future World Leaders Summit 2000 in Washington.DC in July. This summit was organized by Presidential Classroom Inc. a leading non governmental civic education organization in USA.This was the first time a delegation of Sri Lankan students participated at this summit.

The team was selected by the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan from applications received in response to local media publicity. The delegation consisted of 8 girls and 2 boys. They were:Kamilka Malwatte of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Kesara Ratnavibhushana of Colombo International School, Michelle De Saram of Asian International School, Thoshanthi Herath of Musaeus College Colombo, Ashanya Alles of Colombo International School, Thilakshani Dias of Stafford International College, Imeshi Indigahawela of Girl's High School Kandy, Thanuji Shanmugaretnam of British School of Colombo, Raniya Waheed of British School of Colombo and Sanjeeva Pallemulla of Royal College, Colombo,

All participating students came home with an enhaned knowledge of International Relations, Diplomacy, Democracy and World Economy. The participants visited the White House, attended live sessions of the US House of Representatives, World Bank HQ, the US State Department, Holocaust Memorial Museaum and the Smithsonian.The weeks program in Washington. DC was organized with several discussion themes to explore International Relations and to develop diplomatic skills.

The discussion themes were:

Global Economy - Diplomacy - Democracy - Human Rights - International Aid - Environment
Terrorism - Peacekeeping - International Trade - Nationalism - Arms Control - Refugees- Health Concerns