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Hayleys and employees donate IT Centres to Northern schools

Hundreds of school-going children rebuilding their lives in the post-conflict Wanni region will receive essential IT education thanks to a community project launched by the Hayleys Group and its employees.

Sunil Dissanayake, Head - Group Human Resources at Hayleys (left) hands over the IT Centre at the Yogipuram Maha Vidyalayam to Northern Province Governor Major General G. A. Chandrasiri.

The company said donations of a day’s salary by employees across the grouo doubled by matching contributions by their respective companies have paid for two fully-equipped computer training centres at the Yogipuram Maha Vidyalayam in Mallavi, Mullaitivu and the Poonekary Maha Vidyalayam in Kilinochchi.

The first of these two centres equipped with a Duplicator machine, eight new computers with UPS units, a printer, multimedia projector, wall screen, white board, 4mb flash drives, and all software licences, was formally handed over to the school recently in the presence of Northern Province Governor Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, the statement said.

The second IT Centre in a building constructed by Hayleys for Poonekary Maha Vidyalayam is equipped with 10 computers and the equivalent number of UPS units, a printer, multimedia projector and screen, computer tables and chairs and a whiteboard. It is expected to be complete in November.

The cost of these two projects alone exceeds Rs 3.7 million in terms of materials and equipment, the Group said. The donation of a Duplicator Machine to the IT Centre set up at the Yogipuram Maha Vidyalayam would also benefit 10 schools in the area, enabling them to print their examination papers.

The school is the first in areas once controlled by militants to receive comprehensive IT training facilities, and the Hayleys Group has extended its commitment to the institution by offering to train two teachers to become competent IT trainers.

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