Globally dominant processor manufacturer Intel has signed an agreement with the Sri Lankan government to facilitate "an ICT literacy rate of over 60% by the year 2012", a goal set by of the country's President; according to a statement by its local subsidiary.
Further, the agreement is said to specify the timetable of Intel's island-wide deployment of its "Teach", "1:1 eLearning" and "skoool Maths and Science" offerings, all specialised education technology programmes.
Also, according to the statement, the company says it will provide "a no-cost license to the Ministry of Education implement the Intel Teach teacher professional development programme [and] the services of senior trainers to conduct professional development training".
Further indicated is that "this programme will be extended to North and East provinces starting from end 2009, to North Western (Wayamba) province from 2010 and to all National Colleges of Education" Meanwhile, the company's "1:1 eLearning" programme, which is international in scope, will continue to facilitate each Sri Lankan student being outfitted with Intel's Class Mate PC.
In addition, its "skoool Maths and Science" pilot project, which is currently ongoing with the Ministry of Education, will be extended by a further 12 months and offered with a "zero cost royalty free license... for the duration of the pilot period".