Empowering Sri Lanka’s youth in the digital era with Microsoft



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The prevalence of internet connectivity, the ubiquity of mobile computing, and the disruptive change brought by social and multimedia have transformed the way we live, learn, and work. This is especially true when it comes to education, which has great potential to benefit from the advantages of today’s technology - both in transforming how students learn, and in preparing them to enter the workforce of the digital future.


Educators have been facing pressure to digitalize their entire curriculum in the last decade. It has given rise to a steep learning curve, especially for accomplished teachers accustomed to more traditional approaches.


"There are many teachers who would like to branch out more into digital learning. But they simply lack the technical experiences they need to feel confident and prepared to lead a classroom using technology. To make matters worse, it can be difficult for public schools to allocate funds to invest in technology," says Yashinka Alles, Education Lead for Microsoft Sri Lanka & Maldives.


To help local schools transform in Sri Lanka, Microsoft has partnered with the Western Provincial Department of Education, Headstart, Commercial Bank, and Dialog to launch Project Smart School. Its mission—transform the learning environment of a traditional secondary school into one that is smart and enabled by the latest technology.


Since the program’s launch in 2016, a total of 65 public schools from the Western province have found ways to create a digital learning system. "The progress in technology adoption and change in instructional approach has been amazing," says Yashinka.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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