The Government and Intel EM Limited have come to an agreement to accelerate access to technology to improve opportunities for education, commerce and communication for Sri Lanka through a series of initiatives under Intel s World Ahead program.
One aspect of this agreement was launched at Asia s premier ICT event - eAsia 2009 which commenced in Colombo, last week.
Intel s commitment to disseminate Classmate PCs to schoolchildren across the island was the first to be announced and President Rajapaksa accepted one PC from Intel Asia-Pacific General Manager Navin Shenoy and Intel EM Ltd - Sri Lanka Country Business Manager, Indika De Zoysa handed it over to Master Maleesha Aryan Sulthanagoda of D.S. Senanayake College.
President s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma, Centre of Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) Chairman N.E. Narayanan and COO/Director of Information and Communications Technology Agency of Sri Lanka Reshan Dewapura were present.
President Rajapaksa said, My Government and I believe that any developmental activity we embark upon should benefit the people of our country and are dedicated to making the idea of the global village more meaningful to our people.
ICT is the only tool that will cross or break geographical barriers and social barriers. the President commended all who had worked tirelessly to ensure the dissemination of ICT in Sri Lanka and said that he was committed to ensuring that Sri Lanka achieves an ICT literacy rate of over 60 percent by the year 2012.
It is up to all of us to ensure that these are not just dreams, that we achieve each one of these goals. Intel Asia-Pacific General Manager Navin Shenoy said, ICT is a positive force for the social and economic benefit in Asia.
Through our joint efforts with the Government under the banner of Intel s World Ahead program, we aim to accelerate growth and innovation for the country, and connect more Sri Lankans to opportunity.
Intel and the Government will work together to deploy Intel Teach, the 1:1 eLearning program and the Intel skoool Mathematics and Science learning technologies program, all of which support the effective use of technology in education