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.