The Government of SriLanka is planning to provide IT centres for 6,000 schools next year. IT education is essential in building a knowledge economy and the Government's objective is to provide IT centres for 6000 schools by next year. The role of IT in education is essential in building a knowledge economy and the Government's objective is to provide IT centres for 6,000 schools by next year. 3500 IT laboratories have already been provided by the Education Ministry. He said that a knowledge based society is needed to radically reform conventional schools and the education system that supplied the labour force of the industrial age. Adoption of ICT in education is the most important driving force and the basis to enable educational reforms.
The Government of SriLanka has also initiated a project to provide 1,000 IT centres run by solar power for rural schools that do not have access to electricity. Microsoft Sri Lanka's Country Manager, Sriyan De Silva Wijeratne said that Microsoft supports the Government's vision to put Sri Lanka on the global IT map, whilst also realising its long term objective of providing skills amongst youth to meet the local and global demands. Microsoft believes in transforming education through the use of advanced technology, customized training and strong partnerships by exploring solutions in three interconnected areas, building vibrant educational communities and agile infrastructure in the country. The Year 2009 has been declared as the 'Year of English and IT' by the government of SriLanka.