It is critical to initiate radical reforms to build a knowledge-based society within the global arena. Creativity determines the survival and prosperity of nations. Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education is the way forward enabling such educational reforms, said Minister of Education, Susil Premajayantha. He was speaking at the Innovative Teachers National Competition 2008 Awards Ceremony in Colombo last week Young students from remote villages were among the prize winners who find ICT a window of opportunity for innovative and new learning avenues.
Sri Lanka is aiming at strategically building a learning society to empower youth to face challenges of a knowledge based global society. The SEMP and EKSP projects funded by the Asian Development Bank had helped pave the way to enhanced applied ICT knowledge. Around 3,000 schools have been provided infrastructure and 50,000 ICT trained teachers to enhance human resource development. ICT for efficient school management has been adopted by 2000 school principals and Microsoft partners.