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Sri Lanka’s largest digital learning content platform has announced it is offering access to its vast resource of digitised material to schools and private tuition institutes whose regular classes have been suspended to retard the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This would enable these institutions to maintain their interaction with students via the platform, and keep up the learning momentum without any physical contact until the situation returns to normal, Headstart (Pvt) Ltd., the company that owns said.

The platform enables teachers to deliver live lecturing, upload lessons and assessments, ask students to attempt quizzes, provide answers and provide activities and short notes. It also provides a facility for students to interact with each other for knowledge sharing with the teachers’ overview.

Access to content is provided free-of-charge to government schools with CSR funding from the Dialog Axiata supported Nenasa initiative.

Commenting on this latest initiative, Headstart Director/CEO Hasitha Dela said: “Today we are faced with a new challenge that further validates the importance of the platform. Students cannot go to schools, teachers cannot teach and private institutions are also closed. At this juncture we are happy to step up and provide online learning to all Sri Lankan children affected by this menace.”

Teachers using the platform can register themselves, invite students to join the online class via SMS, and students can join by logging in with a unique ID. Students would require a broadband connection to access internet and a smart device such as a smartphone, tab or computer to access the lessons. Teacher content can be downloaded into the devices of students, making it possible to view the content offline. Teachers can make use of video tutorials prepared by Headstart to familiarise themselves and can create and upload lessons at their convenience from any location where they have access to the internet.

Headstart and are currently running a similar online initiative in more than 250 schools island-wide in partnership of Dialog Axiata, Microsoft and Commercial Bank of Ceylon, under the ‘Smart Schools’ project.

Headstart(Pvt) Ltd. has been developing content for the ICTA/Ministry of Education on school curricula since 2009 and is a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata.

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