Sri Lanka government has identified the Education sector as a key area to be improved during the process of transforming Sri Lanka into a strategically important economic center via a Strong Resilient Economy.
It has been recognized that the extension of the same national level initiatives towards both primary and secondary education, needs to be facilitated. It has also been found that the use of digital technologies in education, directly contributes to improved quality of education. Many countries have proved this.
Hence, it is important to facilitate the effective use of digital technology across the entire sector, by providing the correct infrastructure and ensuring the application of such technologies in real world situations.
Digital Class rooms
In the Sri Lankan education sector, particularly in school education, it has been identified that the equity of education for the students is very challenging, due to geographical boundaries and issues pertaining to the delivery of formal education.
Due to this as well as 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 the same subjects taught in schools. Even with the availability of online international learning platforms and several local online contents, there are still significant issues met such as quality of the content, reach, accessibility, bandwidth, lack of awareness etc.
In studying most developed economies, it is evident that proper adoption of digital technologies are effectively contributing to the development of a digitally empowered student community. This is vital for linking up with tertiary education and the job market. Currently, most school computer laboratories are underutilized, due to the absence of proper equipment, methodologies and quality content.
Therefore, this initiative will be focused on providing necessary infrastructure for digital classrooms. These classrooms will have 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).