Challenges unfolding in this century have become so dynamic due to the emerging global crisis in several frontiers such as food, energy, environment as well as the financial meltdown among others. Consequently, millions of people have already lost their jobs worldwide, whilst millions more are expected to slide in to poverty and hardship.
It is universally accepted that right Education and Skills alone, can get people out of poverty, economic or social divides and equalities, enabling upward mobility in society. This is where we need to especially focus on our youth, prepare them to be confident, competitive young adults and help them to accomplish their aspirations.
The youth in our country have so much potential. But with cycles of mismatches and inequalities in the education system and a discouraging environment faced in post secondary education, they have very limited opportunities for progress. Most often they lack proper guidance and direction in this arena.
In 2004 the Royal College Union stepped in to bridge this void with the launch of 'EDEX Expo' by creating the most comprehensive single platform offering the widest possible range of Choices, Options and Opportunities in higher education, skills development, vocational training leading to gainful employment.
Realizing the need to reach out to rural youth, in 2006 steps were taken to launch a secondary exhibition in Kandy. Today 'Edex Expo' has become the country's solitary twin mega exhibition.
This has now become the annual 'social responsibility' project of the Royal College Union as well.
'EDEX Expo' has also served as a platform to capture and echo the voices of aspiring youth who yearn for opportunities to realize their full potential.