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Every year the Leadership in Action Summit brings together 3000 promising student leaders from 30 selected countries around the world to live and study for a week at leading Ivy League Universities, in USA. “ Sri Lankan student leaders have a once in a lifetime opportunity of attending a 7 day Leadership Summit in Harvard, Yale or Stanford University during school vacation in July or August. This is a great investment for their future” said Rochelle Melder, Chief Student Counselor in Sri Lanka for the organizers People to People of The Dwight Eisenhower Foundation, founded in 1956 by the late US President, Dwight Eisenhower.
Since the year 2000 over 750 Sri Lankan teenagers have experienced this amazing week in the USA which has changed their lives forever. Since participating in these annual leadership summits 520 of them have entered foreign Universities for higher education. These include Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Brown, Upenn, Washington, Mt. Holliork, Notradam, Macalister, Clark, Wisconsin in USA, Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Griffith, Monash, and UTS in Australia. Oxford, Nottinghani, Warrick, Leeds, Sheffield, Kings, LSE & Sussex in UK. Each year Sri Lanka will send 20 promising Teenagers to the “Leadership in Action Summit” at the prestigious Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake in conversation with Ananda Rajapakse during a visit to Prime Ministers Office in Colombo in July 2007.
Presidential Classroom Inc. South Asia Representative, Ananda Rajapakse with Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to USA, Excellency Davinda Subasinghe, Ms. Ginger King the Dean and Chief Operating Officer and Hon. Jack Buchanan former Congressman and President of Presidential Classroom Inc. pose after the March 2003 graduation.
Former Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of USA in Colombo Jim Moore in conversation with Ananda Rajapakse during his visit to the US Embassy in Colombo in July 2007.
Former Prime Minister and present leader of the opposition party of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe is seen greeting Ananda Rajapakse the organizer of the Future World Leaders Summit before the commencement of the meeting at Temple Trees on 16th June 2003. Rajapakse introduced the Future World Leaders Summit Program to Sri Lanka in the year 2000 and since then over 100 Sri Lankan student leaders from over 25 schools have attended the summit and 41 of them have obtained scholarships and entered universities in America. UK and Australia. The Prime Minister commended Rajapakse for this pioneering effort to provide a well-planned long term International Leadership Development Program for Sri Lankan teenagers.
Former US Consular and Visa officer of the American Embassy, Phillip Cargills, in conversation with Ananda Rajapakse, South Asia Representative and Rochelle Melder, Sri Lanka Delegation Manager of Presidential Classroom Inc. at the American Embassy in Colombo in July 2007.
Ananda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka received “The Presidential Classroom 2003 Award of Leadership Excellence” from Hon.Jack Buechner, Retd.US Congressman and President/ CEO of Presidential Classroom Inc USA ,for interviwing and enrolling the highest number of students from Asia to participate in the Future World Leaders Summit in the past four years.