Enhancement of Telecentres/Nenasalas

Since its implementation in year 2015, Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has established 1005 Telecentres branded as ‘Nenasala’. According to a survey conducted by the ICTA, approximately 55% of the Nenasalas are currently operational and provide IT training and information services to their community. Based on the same survey, it has been identified the fact that Nenasalas are still serving as resource centers for the rural community and therefore it is vital to further support Nenasalas to deliver efficient and effective service to the community.

To further empower and strengthen the operational Nenasalas, ICTA will conduct a series of capacity building and skills development training programs for Nenasala operators.

objectives

•    To enhance the existing Tele-centres/Nenasalas and enable deliveries of enhanced services
•    Promote educational initiatives
•    Develop/design and implement enterprise version Telecentres/Nenasalas for high value services

In Essence

This program will create an empowered and capable Nenasala workforce that ensure successful management of the Nenasala centers. Further it will grant financial sustainability of the nenasala by  providing services to meet the needs of the community with the aim of providing better access to knowledge and business opportunities.

440 Nenansala Operators

Training Programs
To meet the objectives, ICTA will conduct two types of training programs to benefit Nenasala operators:
1.    Capacity, Skills & Entrepreneurship Development Training for Nenasala Operators
2.    Mobile Application Development Training Program for Nenasala Operators – 2016

Capacity, Skills & Entrepreneurship Development Training for Nenasala Operators
The ICTA has initiated to conduct Capacity, Skills and Entrepreneurship development training program for the Nenasala operators.
The objective of this assignment is to improve knowledge and skills on management, soft skills, entrepreneurship, personal computer hardware and networking of Nenasala operators to ensure better management of Nenasala centres. The knowledge and skills provided will ensure that the Nenasalas are financially sustainable and provide services that provides the community with better access to knowledge and business opportunities.
The training program is designed to train340 (three hundred and forty) Nenasala operators.
It will be delivered in two modules:
Module 1: Essential skills for better management of Nenasala centres and Technical skills training
•    Duration:  total 60 hours will be covered.
•    240 Nenasala Operators will be trained in the areas of 5S methodology, Book keeping, M&E, Marketing & Business Development, Soft Skills, Personal Computer Hardware and Local Area Networking.
Module 2: Entrepreneurship Development training
•    Duration:  total 16 hours will be covered.
•    100 Nenasala Operators will be trained.
Total Duration of the project is 5 months and this training program shall be complete by August 2017.

Mobile Application Development Training Program for Nenasala Operators

ICTA has initiated “Mobile Application Development Training Program” to provide essential knowledge and improve skills of Nenasala operators in the field of mobile technology. Mobile application development is a fast-growing industry and it is expected that this training module will help Nenasala operators to explore new business opportunities and enhance their knowledge on this subject.

The trainings and workshops were delivered to selected 100 Nenasala operators, from around the island.  The total number of participants was divided into 5 groups (with 20 per each batch).  The program conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil mediums was held as a 2 day residential training session

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