Satellite TV connects 1,000 schools
School curriculum on Internet:
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, launched ‘Nenasa’ - a state-of-the-art
Digital Satellite Television based Distance Education Bridge, managed
and operated by the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of
‘Nenasa’ will connect 1,000 rural schools in Sri Lanka to
high-quality rendition of the national curriculum, developed by the NIE
over a digital satellite television broadcast medium.
The President together with Minister of Education, Susil Premjayantha,
launched the broadcast from a classroom in a rural school in the
Moneragala district - opening a new vista in access to education to
students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 at the Ranjan Wijeratne Maha Vidyalaya
in Pelwatta Moneragala and simultaneously to an estimated 500,000 other
students accessing ‘Nenasa’ from across Sri Lanka, including the
Northern and Eastern provinces.
The President said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be part of this
event founded on the principle of rural empowerment, which is an
integral focus of our Government as spelt out in the Mahinda Chinthanaya.
Our Government is making every effort to harness the potential of rural
Sri Lanka, with special emphasis on enhancing educational facilities in
remote regions including the newly-liberated areas in the North and
‘Nenasa’ is a gateway towards achieving an empowered society in our
march towards the future as one nation.
I take this opportunity to commend Dialog Telekom for its sincere
commitment to create a knowledge-based society through its pioneering
technology and for its laudable gesture in gifting ‘Nenasa’ to the
people of Sri Lanka,” he added.
‘Nenasa’ will be dedicated towards broadcasting educational content
and cater to the Ordinary Level and Advanced Level syllabus in Sinhala
and Tamil. In addition, teacher-training and skills development would
also be included in the program line-up.
These lessons will be supplemented by a Learning Management System (LMS)
through which the interactive element of ‘Nenasa’ is facilitated.
The LMS enables children who have access to the internet to download
educational material on Nenasa from the internet via www.nenasa.lk,
which will effectively be the first time the Sri Lankan educational
curriculum would become available on the internet.
It gives us immense pride and satisfaction to steer an education
program of this magnitude that would contribute towards empowering and
enriching the country’s future generations,” said, Group Chief Executive
of Dialog Telekom PLC, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya.