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ICTA Co-hosts A Round table discussion with Victorian Investment & Trade Minister

Industry Development Program (IDP) of ICTA in partnership with State Government of Victoria, Australia hosted a roundtable discussion chaired by Honorable Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and Digital Economy and Small Business on 16th March with the participation of the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka, Mr. Tim Huggins, CEO’s and C-level representatives of 15 Sri Lankan ICT-BPM companies who are strongly engaging with Australia as a key market, with some of them planning to expand their operations/trade further in the future.

Honorable Minister was briefed about ICTA’s facilitations to the local ICT-BPM industry to explore and expand their market in Australia through its 11 business promotion missions over the last 07 years, supporting 75 unique companies. ICTA led delegations participated in, included hosting Sri Lankan country pavilions at the Gartner Conference & Expo and the CeBIT & Connect Expo and bespoke business networking events organized in three main states; Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, where opportunities were provided to engage in onsite meetings with well-known international experts and analysts, discuss strategy, negotiate contacts and showcase product offerings.

The discussion enabled a platform for the Honorable Minister and the local business leaders to share each other’s experiences, current engagement in business/trade relationships, future expectations/plans; a dialogue between the two countries in-order to follow-up upon and carry forward investment & trade relationships. Minister Dalidakis reinforced Victoria, Australia’s commitment to Sri Lanka and the desire to further strengthen engagement very specially with the education and ICT sectors, that have experienced fruitful long-term relationships. Melbourne is home to the largest Sri Lankan community in Australia and he further stated the rapidly increasing Sri Lankan diaspora, which is nearly 56,000 forms an important part of the rich multinational community in Victoria.

The Minister said they are deeply invested in fostering close ties with Sri Lanka, given that it is a significant education and ICT solutions partner for Victoria. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to Melbourne in February last year and this visit by the Victorian Minister Dalidakis reaffirms the engagement to partnership commitment between Sri Lanka and Victoria.

Round Table discussion WriteUp

Honorable Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Trade and Investment, State Government of Victoria, Australia

ICTA partnered and endorsed ‘Eastern Chamber of ICT’ launched on 13th March 2018

Industry Development Program (IDP) of ICTA through the ICT for regional SME’s initiative, directly supports ICTA’s overall national vision of creating a Digitally inclusive nation, by working with numerous stakeholders on National and Regional levels to Build a Smart and inclusive information society which enables a platform to bridge national level initiatives with the regions to enable and empower the digitization of regions.

Eastern Chamber of ICT (ECICT) was formally launched on 13th March in Batticaloa with the participation of more than 80 delegates from the ICT community, representing Trincomalee, Ampara and Batticaloa districts. ICTA, being the apex institution of the government, mandated to take all necessary measures to implement the Government’s Policy and Action Plan in relation to ICT, endorsed by being the National partner and was actively part of this landmark occasion, signifying the development of the Eastern Province through ICT and by being part of a digital revolution ecosystem. ECICT is an unison and collaboration between the 03 district level ICT associations; Ampara district ICT Forum, Computer Visual Technology Technician Association of Batticaloa and Trincomalee Chamber of ICT.

ECICT is expected to be the influential, catalyst body that facilitates and mediates the platform of building quality talent which is the human resources capacity by also encouraging women and youth from the Eastern region to enter the ICT sector, supporting the growth of ICT/Digital solution providers in the region and above all support the national level goals of digitally transforming businesses.

ICT for regional SME’s initiative of IDP was instrumental in pioneering and worked closely to bring together the ICT and non-ICT associations and different stakeholders from all 03 districts with the presence of Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama, Governor of the Eastern province to successfully implement a Digital Transformation program for its businesses in the Eastern Province on October 26th last year, a landmark day as it was the first of its kind; a Digital Transformation workshop and exhibition rolled out for the first time by ICTA as the national partner with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) in collaboration with the Eastern District ICT forums. This program continues to produce several positive direct as well as indirect outputs, out of which the formation of ECICT will support to continue and follow-up, the digital transformation journey of daily lives, businesses and planning of all stakeholders in the region. The launch with the presence of over 60 businesses and further 20 vocational trainees, aspiring to be entrepreneurs or products of the ICT industry in the future, also enabled a follow up platform to the historical initiative organized in October last year, to reinforce the importance of digital transformation and technology adoption.

IDP is continuing to engage with ECICT to lead them in developing a strategy with short term and long-term action plans that are in-line with national goals and will further collaborate with the relevant stakeholders in the future to drive the digitization efforts of the Eastern Province.

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‘IT Utilization to Strengthen Economic and Social Infrastructure’ seminar by the Industry Development Program of ICTA together with CICC, Japan

The Industry Development program of ICTA co-organized a seminar together with the Centre of International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC), Japan on “IT Utilization to Strengthen Economic and Social Infrastructure” in Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 20, 2018.

This seminar introduced IT applications and solutions Japan has implemented in-order to help Sri Lanka apply IT in social and economic infrastructures. The participants of this seminar were government CIO’s, officials of relevant ministries, managers, researchers and decision makers representing public and private organizations.

The Japanese delegation comprised 12-15 C-level professionals from leading ICT organizations such as Hitachi Ltd, NEC Corporation, Fujitsu Limited, NTT DATA Corporation etc. and the delegation was led by the Executive Director of CICC.

Japan WriteUp

•    Japanese tech companies urged to explore skilled labour opportunities in SL
•    SL seeks to embrace Japan’s successes in establishing Society 5.0
•    Major study underway on drafting digital strategy
•    Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism sectors to maximize IT use

A Government MP on Tuesday extended an open invitation to Japanese technology companies to explore different ways in which they could invest in Sri Lanka’s digital development drive.

 

Speaking at a seminar on utilizing IT to strengthen economic and social infrastructure, jointly organized by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka and the Centre of International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC) of Japan, UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe said Japanese tech companies could benefit from Sri Lanka’s skilled labour force.

 

“We know Japan is facing a shortage of skilled staff. We can give access to an excellent workforce. I ask you to please explore different ways Japanese companies can work with Sri Lanka,” Prof. Marasinghe told the Japanese company representatives present in the audience. Highlighting the technology related goals outlined in the Government’s Vision 2025 development drive, Prof. Marasinghe said the digitization of the economy as fast as possible was a key element in the program.

 

“We have identified that we need to make use of our friends who are ahead of us to help us leapfrog to the future. We also need to work with the private sector to achieve our vision. Our Government invites the private sector, both local and foreign, to invest in digital technology,” he said. Among the high-tech Japanese companies attending the seminar were Hitachi, NEC Corporation, NTT Data Corporation and Fujitsu. Prof. Marasinghe urged the participants to take back to their representatives the message that the Government of Sri Lanka was keen for them to invest in the country’s development drive.

 

“Our aim is to create a smart nation by 2025. We have already made many systems that make life easier for citizens,” he noted, listing examples such as the recently launched e-Local Government initiative that he said would contribute to making Sri Lanka an island of ingenuity. Commenting on the rapid advancements in ICT, the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and robotics, Prof. Marasinghe emphasized the drastic changes taking place.

 

“We’re extending our life experiences to virtual and augmented realities. Advanced algorithms are being made to make sense of the massive amounts of data being generated. We’re seeing all these technologies embedded into our lives in a seamless manner,” he said. He added: “Today our lives are enhanced by these technologies and we have an ambitious plan to empower citizens and government officers towards digital tech. Who better than our Japanese counterpart to assist us.”

 

ICTA Chairperson Chitranganie Mubarak, who also spoke at the event, highlighted the need to work together in embracing advancements in technology. “We share the belief of the Japanese Government that if we are to move away from stagnation and achieve economic growth, we need to leverage on the industry 4.0, on IoT, big data, AI and, above all, leverage on these technologies to resolve social issues as well,” she said.

 

Mubarak noted that for Sri Lanka to move towards its own version of Society 5.0, Japan’s ambitious societal transformation plan, the island nation could learn from the former’s experience. “Moving to Society 5.0, we look to your experience in leveraging on these technologies to achieve these developments. One of the strengths Sri Lanka enjoys is that we have young people from our country working in your companies,” she said, referring to Sri Lankan IT professionals and startups being incubated in IT parks across Japan. “This exchange is a good foundation for us to move forward on,” she said.

 

Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Wasantha Deshapriya highlighted the Government’s National Digital Policy, eGov Policy and Broadband Policy currently being drafted with Vision 2025 in mind. According to Deshapriya, the Government has also adopted open standards, the Lanka Interoperability Standard, web standards and local language standards. Among the e-laws are the electronic transaction act, the computer crimes act and the IP rights act.

 

“The electronic transaction act has been recognized as one of the best pieces of legislature in the world. The United Nations International Trade and Law Commission and the UN Convention of Electronic Contracts were the two principal documents Sri Lanka used in completing the act. “The computer crimes act is all in place to protect some aspects of legal matters related to digital transactions. We need a data protection act as well as a cybercrime law. Both are in the pipeline being drafted.”

 

In terms of the hard-digital infrastructure, Deshapriya said the National Backbone Network covers 95% of the country, with a 140% mobile coverage (at 80% 3G and 30% 4G). The Lanka Government Network 2.0 connects 850 government organizations through fiber. “Lanka Gate manages huge amounts of traffic: over 1 million messages a day.” According to Deshapriya, a National Spatial Digital Infrastructure initiative is being developed.

 

Touching on digital economy initiatives, the Ministry Secretary noted that IT was currently Sri Lanka’s fifth biggest foreign exchange earner. “Innovation based startups are coming up fast. The industry must lead. Many private sector companies have created their own incubators, accelerators, etc. There is a new co-working space available across Colombo for people to just go in with their laptops and work, with unlimited Wi-Fi, coffee and various appliances. They make about Rs. 8,000 a day. This is encouraging,” he said. However, he added, regulation and legal support need to be introduced.

 

Recalling that American management consulting firm A.T. Kearney nominated Sri Lanka as the best outsource destination in 2015 and 2016, Deshapriya said that the Government has just started a major study for its Digital Economic Strategy. This initiative, he said, was run under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office, supported by industry bodies, and will look at three major sectors, namely agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. For example, considering even commercial agriculture still relies on mechanized tools as opposed to digital tools, said Deshapriya, the study will look at possible avenues towards incorporating IoT and other technologies to agriculture. “The objective is to maximize IT use in these sectors,” he said.

 

Encouraging the growth of a digital economy will also be looked at, he further said, noting that various fin-tech companies connected to the e-Local Government solution were unveiled last month. “e-Gov procurement has been approved by Cabinet but is stuck in the pipeline. It’s being implemented by the Treasury,” said Deshapriya. He said the ICTA was also pushing hard for a cross government document and workflow management system which should be available in six months’ time.

 

Delivering the keynote address at the event, Assistant Director of Information and Communication, Electronics Division, Commerce and Industry Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Tadashi Okayama, spoke at length on Japan’s IT policy and its strategy for Society 5.0. According to Okayama, Japan has two basic acts on IT and data. This is in addition to an IT declaration made by the Japanese Government in 2013, which it continues to renew annually.

 

“The key to overcoming stagnation and realizing economic growth is Industrial Revolution 4.0 (utilizing AI, big data and IoT). We will incorporate innovation into all industries and social life, and we will realize Society 5.0 to solve various social problems,” said Okayama.

 

To illustrate, Society 1.0 – hunting society, Society 2.0 – agricultural society, Society 3.0 – industrial society, Society 4.0 – information society and Society 5.0 – super smart society. According to Okayama, Japan aims to realize this ambitious goal using IoT and a concept called Connected Industries. This concept seeks to connect various industries, companies, people, machinery, data and others and create new value-added products and services, while improving productivity using AI, big data and IoT.

 

One of the goals here is to resolve social issues such as the aging problem due to declining population figures, lack of personnel and labour, and environmental and energy constraints. “Strengthening industrial competitiveness will lead to an improvement of our lives and development of our economy.” Connected Industries currently work as digitization in factories, offices and societies at large. However, said Okayama, such data is managed independently, with no connectivity.

 

With the advent of Society 5.0, he believes this will change. “We can solve social problems to connect data and to make effective use through technological innovation, productivity improvement and skill transfer,” he said. To achieve this, he added, it is important to develop cross-sectoral measures immediately. It is just as important to strengthen cross-sectoral measures with real data.

 

Sharing and utilization of real data, further development through startups and other ventures, and laying a foundation for data utilization through research and development and human resource development as well as cyber security will be key, he said.

 

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SMART Textbook Initiative

SMART Textbook Initiative

ICTA is in the process of formulating and driving national level initiatives towards developing and empowering the education sector through the intervention of digital technologies.  In this regard, Digital Learning & Content has been considered as one of the key development areas to be addressed. Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning process and dissemination of knowledge for other stakeholders involved in general education by broadening Digital Learning opportunities with enriched digital content is the key intention of this area.

One of the accomplishment under this segment is the successful completion of the User Acceptance Testing of the “SMART Textbook” with the collaboration of Education Publication Department. The first ever SMART text book developed for Grade 11 Science subject, was reviewed for the first time on 27th October 2017 with the participation of school kids and teachers. Then four more UAT sessions were held in Galle, Colombo, Moneragala and Hatton with the participation of more than 250 students and teachers from 12 different schools.

Education Publication Department which functions under the purview of the Ministry of Education is responsible for compiling, printing and distribution of the textbooks for the Sri Lankan school children. With the advancement of technology, EPD realized that an alternative approach to printed textbooks (electronic textbooks) could be deployed to increase the accessibility to the textbooks and also to add value to the learning content developed by the EPD. This project developed interactive e learning content for the Science subject Grade 11 in all three languages: Sinhala, Tamil, and English.  Further, this product assists the learner to comprehend the subject easily with its pictures, videos, animations, comprehension exercises and interactive activities.

The system is maintained by ICTA as such all content on the textbook is reviewed and approved by an expert panel, appointed by the EPD. The target audience is parents, teachers, children, policy makers and other stakeholders interested in ICT in Education sector. Considering the user feedback and the review of the UAT, the way forward of the SMART Textbook Initiative is being already planned. It will be further enhanced and improved after the implementation of the pilot phase.

In Essence

Partners

ICTA, Education Publication Department of the Ministry of Education, Headstart (Pvt) Ltd.

•    Improved results of Sri Lankan students for the Science subject at the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination
•    Awareness among Sri Lankan parents, teachers and students on digital education technologies and their uses and benefits
•    Access to the latest technologies in digital education in keeping up with the technological advancements in the world
•    Reduction in the cost, time and effort for printing and distributing traditional textbooks
•    Socio economic development

•    Successful completion of the UAT with very positive outcomes from 250 diverse students and teachers from 12 schools in Galle, Colombo, Moneragala and Hatton
•    Good user experience as per the findings of the UAT
•    All content loaded
•    Critical software upto date
•    Good performance of the SMART Textbook in the UAT

Objectives

  • To design and develop comprehensive, interactive and user-friendly eLearning content for Grade 11, Science subject in Sinhala, Tamil and English media.

EDUCSIRT (EDU Computer Security Incident Response Team)

EDUCSIRT (EDU Computer Security Incident Response Team)

The use of the internet has grown substantially among school students in the last decade. Although the Internet can be considered as the world’s largest resource repository, the threats associated with it cannot be underestimated.  It is difficult to overcome all the threats by using only technology since many of these incidences are caused by users who don’t know how to manage their privacy and access privileges. This could be mitigated to a great extent if the users could be provided with the proper awareness on managing their security.

The ICT Branch of Ministry of Education had started awareness campaigns with Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team since 2011. However, this alone will not suffice to cover total intended target group.

To address this, ICTA in collaboration with the Ministry of Education ICT Branch, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SL CERT), the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the EDUCSIRT  (EDU Computer Security Incident Response Team) initiative  to establish a trainers pool empowered by comprehensive training towards forming school level internet readiness teams.

Seven four day residential workshops from year 2016 to 2017 were conducted at in Hotel Mirage, Colombo 06 with the involvement of around 500 participants.

Teachers from zonal and provincial ICT centers, dedicated ICT teachers and ICT in service advisors from all islands were selected to train through these residential workshops and these workshops were conducted by technical experts in the domain.

The program was conducted interactively with group activities, presentations and Q&A sessions. Participants actively participated in all the activities. They gained immense knowledge on the domain towards bringing together a Core Leadership Group of cybersecurity experts to recommend actions that could improve the cybersecurity workforce pipeline. The participants acknowledged the workshop, as a great opportunity to brainstorm and to speak candidly of lessons learned about things that worked and things that did not work in their own experiences.

In Essence

Partners

ICTA, Ministry of Education ICT Branch, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SL CERT), the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

•    Proper awareness on managing security among school teachers and students
•    Proper awareness on basic cybersecurity concepts and definitions
•    Identification of cybersecurity roles
•    Proper awareness on basic security architecture principles
•    Proper definition of the types of incidents and identification of elements of an incident response plan
•    Proper awareness on the basic procedures for processing digital forensic data
•    Socio economic development
•    Inclusive knowledge society
•    Improved relationships and collaboration
•    Strengthening education for sustainable development
•    Decreased rural to urban migration
•    Sustainable development in the education sector

•    400 trainers trained under this initiative are actively practicing those in their schools
•    Establishment of the EDUCSIRT unit
•    Establishment of school level internet readiness teams

objectives

•    To bring together a Core Leadership Group of cybersecurity experts consisting of instructors from Zonal and Provincial ICT centers, Dedicated ICT teachers and ICT in-service Advisors to recommend actions that could improve the cybersecurity workforce pipeline
•    To brainstorm and to speak of lessons that worked and things that did not

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•    Understand basic cybersecurity concepts and definitions
•    Identify Cybersecurity roles
•    Understand basic security architecture principles
•    Define types of incidents and identify elements of an incident response

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•    Be aware of the basic procedures for processing digital forensic data
•    Recognize new and emerging information technology, and identity the associated security implications

Child Protection Web Platform

Child Protection Web Platform

ICTA is in the process of formulating and driving national level initiatives towards developing and empowering all sectors through the intervention of digital technologies.  In this regard, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for fortification of children has been considered as one of the key development areas to be addressed. ICTA considers the need of creating a Sri Lanka where every child is confident, resilient and thriving.

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) was interested in launching a web-platform that aims to provide and obtain information that can help parents, teachers, children, policy  makers and other stakeholders make decisions that reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of children. The web platform is based on the philosophy that children who are confident and who feel good about themselves are less vulnerable to all forms of abuse. The NCPA believes that each family is unique and hopes that the information provided would be a guide that each family can adapt to suit their unique circumstances.

The requirement was to create a repository that holds information pertaining to child development and protection issues for parents, teachers, children, policy-makers and other stakeholders, to make decisions that increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of children. Therefore, the digital platform was specially designed to provide users with holistic information in one place.

An MoU between the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) was signed on the 1st of February 2017 for providing assistance to the NCPA in planning, developing and implementing the web  platform.

The platform was developed and launched on 28th March 2017 by the Chairperson of NCPA Dr. Natasha Balendra in a grand event held at Waters edge, Battaramulla in the presence of different stakeholders such as Sri Lanaka Police, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs  and ICTA etc.

The platform is governed by the National Child Protection Authority. As such all content on the site is reviewed and approved by a Sri Lankan expert panel, appointed by the NCPA. The target audience is parents, teachers, children, policy makers and other stakeholders interested in child development and  protection issues.

In Essence

•    Easy access to reliable up to date, culturally relevant, information pertaining to child development and protection issues

•    Enables parents, teachers, children, policy  makers and other stakeholders to make decisions that increases resilience and reduces vulnerability of children
•    Improved overall protection of children
•    Launching the “youthink.lk” site
•    7,530,361st most popular website in the world
•    Reasonably small response time of page server
•    Good load speed of the website
•    Good user experience
•    All page content loaded
•    All page scripts complete
•    Strong level of social activity with 77 shares on facebook
•    Security of the website is very good
•    Critical software upto date
•    Website is SSL enabled
•    Good SEO of website
•    Good performance of website

•    Launching the “youthink.lk” site
•    7,530,361st most popular website in the world
•    Reasonably small response time of page server
•    Good load speed of the website
•    Good user experience
•    All page content loaded
•    All page scripts complete
•    Strong level of social activity with 77 shares on facebook
•    Security of the website is very good
•    Critical software upto date
•    Website is SSL enabled
•    Good SEO of website
•    Good performance of website

objectives

•    To provide and obtain up to date, culturally relevant, information pertaining to child development and protection issues
•    Enabling parents, teachers, children, policy  makers and other stakeholders to make decisions that increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of children
•    Contribute to the overall protection of children via a consolidated digital platform

Sri Lanka Government Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) Program

Sri Lanka Government Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) Program

The public services transformation into Digital Government requires strong and dynamic technological leadership along with the administrative management provided by the administrative service CEOs and other senior officials.  The success of Digital Government initiatives depends on the interface of public administration with ICT technology. The Digital Government concept emerged as a global requirement to facilitate the effectiveness and efficiency of local governments. The predominant purpose was to provide a fully integrated, citizen- friendly, cost effective and converged service delivery through a responsive and networked government. Successful integration of the technology with governance depends on the leadership provided by the Chief Innovation Officers (CIO). The situation is more relevant to emerging e-governance countries where administrative-technological hybrid staff cadres are yet to emerge.
The CIO is the focal point in e-governance activities in the government organizations under the direction of ICTA. The CIO, in the context of e-Governance in Sri Lanka, should possess both administrative and technological competencies. The need to have a multi-faceted competency profile for a successful CIO has been widely acknowledged, not only in the state sector but also in the corporate sector.
A CIO is also expected to play the role of a “Change Agent” within the system, working as an innovation champion, simultaneously championing the causes of digital government and administrative reforms. Hence, they will play a key role in driving the transformation process within the government and will be given specialized training to ensure their readiness to champion change within their respective line ministries and departments.

objectives

•    Improve good governance
•    Socio economic development
•    Inclusive knowledge society
•    Improve relationships and collaboration
•    Sustainable development
•    Decrease rural to urban migration
•    To empower and build required capacities among all public sector employees to make them positive and competent for enabling effective delivery of citizen centric public services
•    To build skills and provide knowledge on possible innovations in public administration through the use of ICT.
•    To prepare a set of executives from the government sector who could drive Digital Government initiatives with theoretical and practical knowledge.
•    To encourage government officials to improve the productivity and efficiency in government services.
•    To develop capacities on the effective use of ICT in the public sector and of governance for improved delivery of public services to citizens.
•    To encourage government officials to obtain recognized high-level qualifications and improve knowledge on eGovernment and/or related subject areas.
•    To create positive top-level officials who has knowledge & understanding of Digital Government. They will lead to and drive the Digital Government vision and implementation in their respective domains/organizations.
•    Competent middle and junior management with a higher level of support and buying in for Digital Government initiatives
•    To create a more knowledgeable, competent and empowered CIO community. They will drive and facilitate eGovernment implementation in GoSL
•    To develop a more productive government workforce equipped with appropriate competencies for Digital Government implementation and service delivery
•    To establish a GCIO governance mechanism with authority through the GCIO resource pool (CIO rewarding and performance mechanism , CIO council )
•    To establish the role of GCIO as the change agent who drives digital transformation
•    To enhance the capacity of GCIOs
•    To facilitate the adoption of identified digital governance policies
•    To implement transforming processes to meet the requirements of connected government
•    To inculcate a culture of encouraging innovation within the government
•    To facilitate technology driven infrastructure for the Government Sector
•    To ensure sustainability of the digital government solutions

In Essence

ICT in Government Sector – Aiming at a Digitally competent society and an empowered Government workforce with required competencies towards enhancing their ability to identify and meet development challenges in achieving a Digitally inclusive Sri Lanka vision.

Partners

ICTA, Government of Sri Lanka, Industry Associations, Universities, Higher Education institutes

•    Improved good governance
•    Socio economic development
•    Inclusive knowledge society
•    Improved relationships and collaboration
•    Sustainable development
•    Decreased rural to urban migration
•    Digitally inclusive Government Service
•    Digitally empowered Government Officials

•    Effective use of ICT in the public sector and of governance for improved delivery of public services to citizens
•    Use of ICT to achieve, measure, monitor and publish defined service levels for all government services

600+ CIO’s were appointed

School ICT Society Initiative

School ICT Society Initiative

With rapid growth of technologies, the world is broadly consuming innovative technologies in the education sector. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is adopting and implementing these technologies for the development of school education. This has led to the increase of consumption of digital technologies in schools among students, teachers and education admins.
To uplift the knowledge and enable benefits of ICT technologies to the school community; ICTA, jointly with the MoE (Ministry of Education) has started to develop and empower School ICT societies island wide covering 97 educational zones since year 2016.

Goal

•    Uplift the knowledge and enable benefits of Digital Technologies to the school community.

objectives

•    Raise awareness through exposure to new digital technologies among the school community
•    Promote Entrepreneurship and inspire them to become innovative industry leaders
•    Encourage research and promote innovation
•    Promoting digital education
•    Strengthen School ICT Societies as a self-sustainable community

In Essence

School ICT Society initiative facilitates to uplift the knowledge and enable benefits of digital technologies to the school community.

Partners

ICT Agency, Ministry of Education, Industry Associations, IESL, ISOC, SLASCOM,

•    Assess the existing situation and readiness for digital transformation among the school community
•    Introduce new age technologies and digital education initiatives
•    Engaged with more industry partners
•    Successfully empowered and established more than 300 school ICT societies island wide

•    Distribute a specially designed learning tool kit for all selected schools and ICT Societies
•    Conduct 12 Regional Workshops, Island wide

Organizing the School ICT Society Initiative

MoE in collaboration with ICTA started the school ICT society empowering program in 2016 engaging with industry partners. ICTA facilitates this initiative by organizing a series of workshops focusing school ICT society members, teachers and education administrators. This program has supported more than 1800 students, 450 teachers & 100 education administrators covering more than 10 districts to create awareness and help them build internal capacity on using digital technologies.

Makerspaces: Next generation Sri Lankan Innovators Space

Public awareness session at Ministry of Education

ICT Agency of Sri Lanka together with IgniterSpace conducted an awareness session about Makerspaces concept for the public who attended the awareness session at Ministry of Education on 21st of February 2018.
With the aim of including Makerspaces to our students’ school syllabus, considered as one of the essential ingredients in creating a generation of innovators and inventors which is needed to compete in the current digital world and also to use the brain power of school kids to build a developed country from where we stand today, an awareness session was conducted for the public and the key stakeholders in public education sector.

During the awareness session, maker-kits provided by team IgniterSpace were given to kids to try that out by themselves under the supervision and guidance of instructors.  These maker kits are made of plastic spoons, chopsticks, small batteries, motors, buttons and materials that we see and use in day to day life.  By demonstrating as an example how creative these kids can be if they get the environment to try out new things and make things when they want to, the session successfully disseminated the message ‘The Need of Makerspaces’ to the people who attended on that day

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