Financial Times

One computer for every 100 children today


One computer is available for every 100 children today, according to estimates put forward by Sri Lanka's Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA). The agency said it intends to close this gap by fostering systems where every child will eventually be able to access at least one computer.

This gap is expected to be bridged through the use of devices such as Classmate and e-Sri Lanka personal computers, improved ownership of computers by teachers to the tune of 60% and an increase in the numbers of computer labs in schools from 3,415 to 6,000.

This was revealed at a government stimulus workshop held recently where education was named a growth driver while technology was indicated as its ‘single biggest tool’ for acceleration. Organised by ICTA, in association with Intel, the workshop was aimed at encouraging the government to increase its investment in ICT infrastructure.

“The ICT industry in Sri Lanka has huge potential. Evidence of this includes the rapid improvement of ICT in the last few years. However, other support is required, for example funding to support investment growth, sustainability and competitiveness in the ICT industry,” noted ICTA's Chief Operating Officer, Reshan Dewapura; speaking at the workshop.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
Other Financial Times Articles
> CIC looks for new name
> PBJ not fit to hold public office-respondent says
> Lankan firm produces top rubber glove
> Hayleys to shed Lighthouse?
> IMF loan: CB to prevent sharp rupee gains
> IRD to recover Rs 12 bln tax dues in two years
> Small miracle or small mistake
> COMMENT - Exposing corruption in Sri Lanka
> Attempt to block streams of justice
> Call to eliminate permanent tax exemptions
> Finlays Tea Estates annual awards ceremony
> HSBC top-rated by prestigious magazine for its Internet banking
> Forex fraud at Ceylinco Shriram Ltd revealed
> UK freight forwarder invests in Sri Lanka
> SIA opens new service centre at Ion Orchard
> BOI receives ISO 9001:2000 accreditation
> Kanchana Ratwatte gets new post
> Lankan firms should look to invest in India
> SCB CEO aggressively pushed for hedging deals-former employee
> CSE to set up in Jaffna
> Prolink Atom Netbook introduced
> One computer for every 100 children today
> Seminar on directors’ responsibilities during a financial crisis
> Fitch confirms HNB National Rating
> Office bearers of the Sunday Times Business Club
> Mobile phones for inward remittances, awaiting guidelines
> JKH profits down, but optimistic about the future
> Seylan Bank shows Rs 188 mln profit in 6-mth period
> Sri Lankan elected President of CNA World in Italy
> 29 GK-affiliated companies to be listed in the CSE
> Airtel to go to East by year-end
> CBL to launch medicinal garlic in pure bees honey
> Ogilvy Action marks 10 years
> Competition from India to increase with peace
> Book Review
> IMF: Government committed to implementing programme
> IMF facility is good for the country- readers say
> Fund to monitor foreign commercial borrowings and re-payments
> Sri Lanka targets Northeast for tourism expansion
> Recovering EPF contributions
> ICASL seminar on Companies Act
> Hameedia launches in the Maldives
> Golden Key depositor commits suicide


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 2009 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved.| Site best viewed in IE ver 6.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution