the globe closer to home
Eighty-five students from various schools gathered at the BMICH
for ‘Youth ICT Quest 2004’. Organised by the ICT Club
of D. S. Senanayake College together with the Information and Communication
Technology Agency, Sri Lanka, the focus of this first ever workshop
and conference was to build a consensus among the ICT-oriented students
in the country.
control of their future, the participants discussed and analysed
possible solutions to the ICT related problems in Sri Lanka. The
key issues included, the intellectual property law, Sri Lanka’s
software industry, destruction of computer programmes, awareness
for the ICT industry beyond the field of computers and the involvement
of the youth in taking ICT into rural areas in the county. In ten
groups, these students shared their views and ideas which were then
explained to the rest of the audience by the elected group leader.
Their aim was to come up with a “National Students Agreement”
for a youth action plan for better ICT education in the country.
ICT to achieve a significant place in the education system of the
country there must necessarily be a network of students involved.
As such an Interschool ICT Association seemed the ideal solution.
The participants who came from 30 Colombo Schools, evaluated the
possibility of such an association, each contributing with their
own personal opinions and ideas.
position of ICT in this country would also depend on the relationship
between the people involved and the officials with the power to
implement any potential plans. The conference thus served as a meeting
ground between the two parties, as well-known names in the ICT field
and government officials connected to the relevant organisations,
including Prof. Jagath Wickramasinha were present at the event.
Enabling the authorities to participate in such events and giving
them the opportunity to listen to the youth and consider their ideas
would indeed be a stepping-stone to implement some of these plans.
on the field of education, the students discussed the various ways
in which ICT should be brought into the National Education system
and explored the possibility of introducing ICT as an Advanced Level
hours of discussing, planning and scrutinising, the participants
came up with signed copies of a Youth Action Plan and a general
agreement on the possible solutions for the problems dealt with.
And of course a day of fun and hard wok created the all-important
network of ICT-oriented students of Sri Lanka!