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UNESCO project on STEM Education initiated in rural schools

A project was initiated for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education for rural schools in Sri Lanka on the written request from Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Paris Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama.

With the direction of UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and the ADG Natural Science Dr.Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, the equipment and training for STEM Education were received for Sri Lanka.

It is very important to have analytical skill and knowledge of science especially for youth that gives them innovative ideas to convert to technology.

This project worth more than 50,000 Euros will include basic teaching of biology, chemistry and physics with AI (Artificial Intelligence) that is used for education and all the technologies. Initially 50 kits for each subject will be provided with the training which will be followed by robotics having AI.

A 3D printer will also be given.

This project will be carried out through the Education Ministry and Science & Technology Ministry. We hope to commence the project in the month ofJuly.

With this training our youth could be on par with the entire globe and with this knowledge the following exposures will be opened up.

i. Those dropouts from school in grade 8 or so with the technology knowledge given from age 12, could get into several technology based areas, especially computer, vehicle machinery, rather than becoming 3 wheeler drivers.

ii. With O Levels and A Level examination, they could become employed locally and internationally.

iii. With graduation, the youth would be competent to add the subject knowledge as well in their employment.

iv. Start their own companies rising from a bottom-up approach.

v. Sri Lanka education could be maintained at a high level having basic knowledge of science and technology.

Having 185 member states with UNESCO, liaising with UNESCO will pave the pathway for exposure to international community.


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