Embracing information technology in Sri Lanka is becoming increasingly inevitable, where schools and universities in particular are at a greater need to adopt change with new learning materials and methodologies to stay abreast the evolving IT landscape.
One such school that has taken great effort and interest in developing computer literacy – that we recently got to know of – is Sri Rahula Blika Maha Vidyalaya, a leading girls’ school in the Western Province accommodating around 3,000 students just outside of Colombo, which proudly held its ICT Society day “ERA ’13” today, highlighting the launch of a new website.
Invitees for the event, Readme took a journey to the lush green and scenic CINEC Maritime Campus at Malabe, to the sight of an auditorium filled with schoolers in uniform and few scattered prefects clad in red blazers. Among the Rahulians were groups of students and teachers from various other schools namely St. Thomas’, Museaus, Nalanda and few others who were invited to partake in the occasion – Something which we recognized to be a commendable friendly gesture to bridge the ego and status gaps between private and public schools in the country.
The affair was neatly organized with a welcome speech by the ICT Society president, Ms. Sanduni Palliyaguru, a quiz battle within the schools on tech related questions and a couple of extended speeches by Bandara Dias and Kalpa Welvitigoda on Windows 8 and ‘locally developed’ Hantana OS. The event also saw a speech by Mr. D.D. Prabath, Manager – Domain Registration & Trainning, LK Domain Registry, on productive usage of internet and social media. Some of his views were extreme by millennial standards and were highly opinionated in an old fashioned way.
An award ceremony followed right after, recognizing outstanding achievements of students in the ICT Society, which moved into an entertainment act where the girls started singing and tapping their feet to an English number. It was indeed a pleasure to see something of sorts from a conventional girls’ school in Sri Lanka.
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