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India & Sri Lanka to accelerate digital education in Galle District

Introduction

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, and the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education, M.N. Ranasinghe, exchanged diplomatic notes regarding the implementation of a digital education project in Sri Lanka’s Galle District.
This collaborative effort aims to enhance educational opportunities and foster digital literacy among underprivileged students in the region.
The project, supported by a generous grant from the Indian government, entails the establishment of modern computer labs and smart boards in 200 schools, along with customized curriculum software.

Aim

  • The digital education project in the Galle District aims to bridge the digital divide by providing students with access to modern technological tools.
  • The installation of computer labs and smart boards, coupled with customized curriculum software, will enable interactive and engaging learning experiences.
  • By enhancing digital literacy, students in underprivileged areas will gain essential skills necessary for their future academic and professional pursuits.

India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka includes

  • Total assistance of approximately USD 5 billion, with nearly USD 600 million provided as grants.
  • Implementation of over 65 grant projects across Sri Lanka’s 25 districts.
  • The digital education project in the Galle District is among more than 20 ongoing projects on various sectors, such as infrastructure, education, healthcare, agriculture, and vocational training.

About Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.
  • President: Ranil Wickremesingh
  • Prime Minister: Dinesh Gunawardena
  • The currency of Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee, denoted as LKR.

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