Free laptops for students
Thirteen schools benefit under pilot project:
In line with the national drive to arm the younger generation with
the knowledge of English and Information Technology, the Education
Ministry has taken steps to issue laptop computers to students in 13
The program is carried out under the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC)
conducted by the Education Ministry in collaboration with the University
Under this program, 1,250 laptop computers will be distributed to
students in 13 schools.
The context of text books from Grade One to Five and the curriculum
has already been fed in to the computers.
The laptop computers have been designed for rough use since it is
used by children and it is powered by two power sources, as hydro power
and solar power. In addition to the operating system in English, the
children can operate the computer either in Sinhala or Tamil languages
whichever they prefer.
The computer comes with a sound system enabling students to play
sound tracks. This facility helps the students to learn music,
pronunciation of words, aesthetic subjects etc. High bright screen
provides the maximum viewing opportunity to the user even in broad day
"Since the laptop computer can be operated by solar power it will be
a boon to underprivileged schools which haven't electricity supply.
The computer can be a tool which increase the 'quality of education'
as the feed back of the computer is high" Education Ministry Secretary
Nimal Bandara said.
School's receiving laptops:
These thirteen schools which were categorized as underprivileged
schools have been selected to represent the whole country. The schools
are Kalugahaela P.V. in Galewela education zone, Mawattegama P.V. in
Thambuttegama zone, Van. Sri Vaithilingam P.V. in Jaffna zone,
Ganangamuwa P.V. in Maho zone, Hegoda Sooriya P.V. in Ambalangoda zone,
Seelarathana P.V. in Gampaha zone, Blackwood P.V. in Bandarawela zone,
Deliwala Tissa P.V. in Mawanella zone, Tharul Hasanath P.V. in
Akkaraipattu, Katawala K.V. And Saraswathie P.V. in Kurunegala zone,
Kukulkatuwa P.V. in Anuradhapura zone, Waihena K.V. in Galle zone.