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LAcNet Opens Computer Center in Anuradhapura
© Photographs: Gihan Dias.
From LAcNet special correspondent in Anuradhapura.
In a simple ceremony on Monday January 31, 2000 ,
LAcNet's Computer Center for Nivaththaka Chethiya Maha Vidayalaya in
Anuradhapura, (in the North Central province in Sri Lanka) was inaugurated
amidst the cheers of a 4000 plus student population and an equally excited
The LAcNet Project has been successful in incorporating the Nivanthaka
Chethiya school to the I*EARN - the International Education Resource
Network's (www.iearn.org) pilot
project along with Royal College and Isipathana College. I*EARN is
currently conducted a four day workshop to train 6 teachers at the
Nivanthaka Chethiya School to use their new computers for
collaborative international projects. Nivanthaka Chethiya School will
participate in the "Community Voices Collaborative Solutions (CIVICS)"
project that I*EARN in the United States is piloting in collaboration
with the United States Department of State/Bureau of Cultural and
Educational Affairs (formerly USIA) and the American Centers in Egypt,
India, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. By creating a new
on-line project I*EARN CIVICS, I*EARN seeks to leverage its global
resources to provide on-line civic education and ESL/EFL teaching
tools to educators from participating countries.
The unique feature of this pilot project is the number of organisations and
people that have collaborated with LAcNet to set up this Computer Center.
The Center has five computers with CD-ROM and Internet facility. Two of
these computers and a printer were donated by the Public Affairs section of
the U.S. Embassy, Colombo, two by IBM corporation, Colombo and the
networker server machine by LAcNet. Mr. Abeywardena, CEO of Electroteks Ltd
, generously provided free Internet connection and an air conditioner for
the room. A local businessman Mr. Gnasena Goonapinuwela has worked
tirelessly coordinating all activities in Anuradhapura.
The Principal Mr. Rathnamalala, thanking LAcnet for the opportunity it has
provided for the school children to gain computer and Internet skills stated
that this computer centre was the first to be established in the North
Central Province in Sri Lanka. LAcNet's intention is to build horizontal
partnerships with Sri Lankan public and private sector organizations as well
as with international educational organizations to set up an island wide
network of many such computer centres,.