Monday, 10 January 2022 15:50

“e-thaksalawa” MARKS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN BROADENING THE HORIZONS OF THE HISTORY OF DISTANCE EDUCATION


The “e-thaksalawa” an e-learning platform for general education which was launched on the 18th of February 2013 officially entered the Education Reform process on 2022-01-07 (Friday).
His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today declared Siyambalanduwa Maha Vidyalaya as a National School in the Siyambalanduwa Divisional Secretariat Division in the Moneragala District to mark the creation of 1000 National Schools. Many Ministers and Parliamentarians including the Minister of Education and State Ministers participated in it. Under this program, the government has provided the school with high-speed internet facilities under fibre optic technology and tab machines.

A new experience ....
The students of Siyamabalanduwa National School received the opportunity to learn a grade 8 English lesson done live by a teacher in Royal College, Colombo-07, through these tablets, with the high-speed internet as the medium.
A significant detail of this entire process from the creation of a “virtual school” in the “e-thaksalawa” platform for the Siyambalanduwa National School, engaging the students, preparing the “e-thaksalawa” for the teacher from Royal College, Colombo 07 to do the lesson, building the interrelationship between the students of Siyambalanduwa National School and the teacher to the final teaching process was done end to end completely with the use of the “e-thaksalawa” platform.
This novel program, “e-thaksalawa” was made a reality for the First Citizen of the Country, the Honourable President, to experience firsthand. His Excellency’s attention was keenly drawn towards the inhouse video conferencing technology used within “e-thaksalawa” that enabled the recording of the student’s progress in the activities related to the student’s subjects and maintaining a proper teaching and learning process which was a step forward from the standard zoom video conferencing technology.
The Honourable President has advised Dr. Upali M. Sedara, the Secretary of the State Ministry of Education Reforms, to initiate this program island-wide in schools with the necessary facilities under the education reform program and to introduce it to other schools continuously moving forward.
This special moment today happened exactly one year after “e-thaksalawa” received the approval from the Cabinet of Ministers to be the official National e-learning platform which is another indication of the maturity of the “e-thaksalawa” platform.
This is one of the many potentials shown in 9 years of the nationally and internationally awarded “e-thaksalawa” system.
The “e-thaksalawa” is a program implemented with full approval and financial assistance of the Government. It has become a mandatory official requirement of integrating all schools, National Colleges of Education (NCoEs) and Information Technology and Distance Learning Hubs with the “e-thaksalawa” system along with the implementation of education reforms.
The State Ministry of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion takes this opportunity to appreciate with great respect to all the teachers who have continuously been the tremendous workforce behind this entire system and it is the secret of sustainability. Finally, it should be remembered with respect to the special assistance provided by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Technology, National Institute of Education, Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC) and Millennium IT for being instrumental in the sustainability and the development of this National Program.
-Distance Learning Promotion Division
State Ministry of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion-

at the Royal College, Colombo 07:
In the picture:
Ms. Mithila, Grade 8 English teacher at the Royal College who did the online lesson, Mrs. Sumudu Wijesooriya (ADE-Project lead & team lead of e-thaksalawa) and English & ICT Subject Directors, Mrs. B.M. Weerasuriya and Mrs. Vasana Surangi Wickramasinghe at MoE with e-thaksalawa team members Ms. Geethika Sanjeewani and Mr. Vimukthi M. Wasala.
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom: Grade 8 Students with the English Teacher Mrs. Samudra at Siyambalanduwa National School
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom:
In the picture: Secretary Dr. Upali M. Sedere DG at NIE Dr. Sunil Jayatha Nawaratne Chairman at Information & Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Mr. Oshad Senanayake, Additional Secretary Mr. G.M.Niel Gunadasa e-thaksalawa team member Mr. Sathya Dananjaya
At the Siyambalanduwa classroom
Secretary Dr. Upali M. Sedere (with the laptop) is appreciating the Royal College teacher and the officials joined from SMoER and MoE at the Royal College.
Others in the picture: Chairman at Information & Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Mr. Oshad Senanayake, DG at NIE Dr. Sunil Nawaratne and the English Teacher at Siyambalanduwa National School Mrs. Samudra
e-thaksalawa team at the Siyambalanduwa classroom:
Mr. Thinesh Dina, Mr. Sajith Prabodhana, Mr. Chamara Sugathadasa, Mr. Vijith Bandara, Mr. Sathya Dananjaya
e-thaksalawa team and the kids who were at the online session
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