Provision of computer education to the youth, specially those from rural areas will turn out to be a very effective method of tackling the important issue of unemployment. In all the vocational training programmes conducted for school leavers, increased attention should be paid to include computer skills in the curricula. So said Prof. G. L. Peiris, MP and President of the Prof. G. L. Peiris Foundation at a meeting held at Homagama recently.
He was speaking at the opening of a computer centre at No. 33, Court Road, Homagama where free computer classes are to be conducted by the Prof. G. L. Peiris Foundation. It. conducts such classes throughout the Colombo District for the benefit of children from lessprivileged segments of society.
Speaking further Prof. Peiris explained how the computer field has expanded during the last few years. It has created a tremendous economic potential throughout the world but unfortunately, only those with a knowledge of computers and associated fields of software development could benefit.
Prof. Peiris pointed out that the Certificate issued by the Foundation to those who successfully completed the computer course has great value as there is recognition, in the country that the Foundation carried out high quality programmes. This, he said, could be attributed to the fact that Prof G L Peiris Foundation was determined to serve the country and its people without taking into account anybody`s community, creed or political affiliation. He said that the doors of the Foundation are always open to those who seek to expand the boundaries of their knowledge and the Foundation considers the imparting of knowledge their prime duty.
Prof Peiris also said that the Foundation was also considering the institution of a programme to channel the recipients of these certificates into productive avenues of employment.
He thanked Bandula Gunawardene MP for his unstinted support to the Foudation for the establishment of this Computer Centre.
Ravi Mannapperuma, Media Coordinator, UNP Balamandalaya of Homagatna and Nishantha Pushpakumara, Foundation Coordinator for Homagama also spoke.
Among those present were Manjula Arangala, Lal Munasinghe and Sumanapala Vidanagamage, Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Member respectively of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabah.
Prof G. L. Peiris Foundation recently established its 5 th Computer Educational Centre at No. 33, Church Road, Homagama. The Foundation conducts computer classes for school children and school leavers from less-privileged social segments of society at several centres scattered throughout the Colombo District.