Sri Lanka government has identified Education sector as a main area to be improved during the process of transforming Sri Lanka into a strategically important economic center by making Strong Resilient Economy. To facilitate the same national level initiatives towards primary and secondary education needs to be facilitated.
Using digital technologies in education directly contributes to the quality of the education. There are large numbers of countries which prove the same statement. Importance to empower the effective use of digital technology across the board, providing infrastructure facilities and using them in real world has become a major factor.
Digital Class rooms
In Sri Lankan education sector, particularly in school education it has been identified that the equity of education for the students is very challenging with geographical boundaries and other existing issues pertaining to the delivery of formal education. As a result, with the competitiveness of government exams (GCE O/L, and A/L) most school students are pushed to attend multiple private classes to gather knowledge on same subjects taught in schools. Even-though with the availability of many international online learning platforms and several local online content, there are still significant issues remains such as quality of the content, reach, accessibility, bandwidth, lack of awareness etc.
In compared with most of the developed economies it is evident that the significance of a proper adoption of digital technologies are effectively contributing to the development of a digitally empowered student community. This will be vital in linking up with the tertiary education and fitting with the job market. Currently, even-though some of the schools have computer laboratories; most of them are underutilized. Purely due to the absence of proper equipment, methodologies and quality content.
This initiative will be focused on providing necessary infrastructure for digital classrooms. These classrooms will consists all required facilities which could be used in delivering digital content. Classroom types may vary to ensure the maximum return of investment (Fully Empowered/Digitally Enabled).
• project will contribute in the long run at the society level at large
• Improved quality of citizens
• Decreased rural to urban migration
• Equality of Education
• Improved digital literacy in Sri Lanka
• Knowledge based society
• Strengthening education for sustainable development
• Socio-Economic development
• Availability and accessibility of quality & lifelong learning in secondary educational sector Digital Technologies irrespective of the geographical and other boundaries
• Quality output produced through the secondary education (increased employability and capability)
• decreased student dropout rate
• Improved quality and productivity in teaching and learning process
• Equal learning opportunities for students irrespective of geographical location
• Increased confidence on using technologies for education
• Improved parent satisfaction
• Improved relationship among parents and schools
• Establish 250 SMART classrooms by end of 2018
• Establish 850 SMART classrooms by end of 2019
• Establish 150 SMART Schools by end of 2018
• Establish 350 SMART Schools by end of 2019
• Deploy digital education technology, content and content delivery to 300 secondary schools.
• Train teachers (minimum up to 3,000) and deploy teaching content and trained resources to maximize digital training delivery
• Ensure the adoption through a proper standards and awareness
“Digitally Empowered Citizen”
“Enable Lifelong Education for all”