As far as I am concerned, I belive that in some parts of the country that such as in urbanized cities like Colombo and Kandy the youth don’t support the war one of the possible reasons why the youth in these regions don’t support the war is because they receive a far more liberal education. As a student pursuing the London A level stream, what I have realized is that studying subjects such as History and Geography, I have managed to receive a broader understanding of this conflict in relation to other events around the world in the past. While having also been part of the local curriculum stream, I believe that the local syllabus should broaden its scope and try to integrate a wider scope of views in line with the globalizing world of today. On the other hand I believe that the youth of the rural areas are far more likely to be supportive of the war and far more likely to be racist due to the lack of ethnic diversity in such areas. I also have witnessed a clear pattern, in terms of those families that uphold traditional views also tend to be die hard supporters of the war.
Rana – Sinhalese student