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Lafarge Mahaweli Cement and Microsoft Sri Lanka, joined hands with Sarvodaya, one of Sri Lanka’s top non-governmental organizations, to establish an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Centre in Gampaha. The Centre aims to improve ICT skills among youth in the Gampaha district, according to a Lafarge media statement.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with regard to the establishment of this Centre was signed at the Lafarge Head Office in Orugodawatte, between Anurag Kak, Managing Director of Lafarge Mahaweli Cement (Pvt) Ltd, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka & Bangladesh and Dr. Vinya S. Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Sangamaya. Jamie Harper, President, Microsoft South East Asia New Markets who was on a visit to Sri Lanka also graced the event.
Elaborating on the reasons that prompted Lafarge Mahaweli Cement to launch the ICT Centre project, Mr Kak said that ICT is a key area in terms of development.
“We realized that there was still a lot of room for ICT education in Sri Lanka to penetrate into grassroots level. This project was launched with the aim of increasing opportunities for local youth to improve their ICT skills.”
Dr. Ariyaratne explaining why Gampaha was chosen as the location for the project, said “Gampaha is a district where you can find both urban and rural areas. Being adjacent to Colombo -the commercial hub of the country, Gampaha has enormous potential as far as the country’s economy is concerned. Therefore, we believe, an area like Gampaha is ideal for a project of this nature. It will empower the youth in the area, enhance opportunities and show them the correct path.”
Microsoft Sri Lanka will facilitate the programme with its experience in carrying out a range of similar initiatives across the country that is aimed at bridging the digital divide.
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