School children in many rural areas of Sri Lanka will have an opportunity to enhance their IT skills thanks to a new community initiative of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon and the Mother Sri Lanka Programme of the Presidential Secretariat.
Under this programme, Commercial Bank has announced plans to donate computers and related equipment to set up computer laboratories in several underprivileged schools, the bank said in a statement.
The first set of beneficiary schools have been selected from the North Central, Uva and North Western provinces and a completed computer laboratory is to be handed over to the students of the first beneficiary of the project, the Kosgolla Maha Vidyalaya in Badulla district in January 2011.
Kosgolla Maha Vidyalaya is a school in Uva Province that won third place from the Mother Sri Lanka School Dialogue competition in Sinhala medium among eight schools that participated. “When the school presented its projects at the all-island final in Colombo in June 2010, Mother Sri Lanka realized that the school does not have a computer.
Hence this school has been selected as the first school to launch the Mother Sri Lanka-Commercial Bank community project,” the statement said. Another four schools in the Anuradhapura, Puttalam and Kurunegala districts have been identified by the project to receive computer labs.