FEAC 2012

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Fusion Education AwardS Ceremony-2012: Celebrating the Success of Rural Students…

Fusion Education Awards Ceremony (FEAC) will be held on 18th May 2012 at Maharagama Youth Centre successfully for the third consecutive time. About 1200 students together with parents from 18 districts of the country including North and East, will take part to celebrate the hard work and success. Mr. Sriyan De Silva, Country Manager of Microsoft Sri Lanka will be graced the occasion with the founder of Sarvodaya movement Dr. A. T Ariyaratne and many other government officials, public administration practitioners and business leaders. Special prizes and medals will be given for the best students.

Indeed this award ceremony will create a platform to bring key players of the ICT sector together. Moreover this occasion will be a great opportunity for invited participants to share information, experiences, on their programmes and to explore the potential collaboration.

Case studies

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H. B. Madushani Fernando

Madushani is 19 years old and lives in Moratuwa. She is the eldest in the family and has one younger brother and two younger sisters. Madushani’s brother is in grade 7 at Prince Of Wales College and two sisters are in grade 7 and 3 respectively in Princes of Wales College, Moratuwa. Her father is a Laborer and mother is a housewife.  Her parents encourage her to take the Diploma in computer application (DICA) course, as they believed it would make it easier for her to do her studies further and to find a job in the future. And her parents were very happy that she was able to do the course with sponsorship, as therwise she could not have done it without any financial difficulty. Before she did her A/L examination, she started her DICA course and stopped for the A/L examination. After she finishes her examination she has rejoined to the course and now she is following the course. Madushani has already obtained help from others in learning missed lessons due to her A/L examination. Before she did the training course has exposure to do basic tasks from school. Now Madushani says she is more comfortable in using computer and software like MS Word, MS Excel and is using the skills she obtain form the course for her education and day to day activities. Madushani found the whole course is very interesting, useful and Fusion Education Telecentre environment is friendly and helpful. In addition she found that, this course is much more advanced than her school lessons and she has passed some of the skills she learned to her fellow students at the school. She too feels it would have made much important and better if the proper security system for computer virus problems has been implemented in the centre.

Shehara Nilmini Meegoda

Shehara is 17 years old and she lives in Moratuwa. She is doing her studies in commerce stream in grade 12 at Princes of Wales College, Moratuwa. She has one elder brother and two younger brothers. Shehara’s elder brother is working and one younger brother is in grade 11 at the Prince Of Wales College, Moratuwa. Her youngest brother is still in the nursery school. Her father is a driver and mother is a housewife.  Her parents were encouraged her to take the Diploma in computer application (DICA) course, as they believed it would make it easier for her to do her studies further and to find a job in the future and were very happy that she was able to do the course with a scholarship. Shehara started her DICA course while doing her school studies and sometimes she faces difficulties in attending classes with school work. However, she is following the course and has already obtained help from others in learning missed lessons. Before she did the training course has exposure to do basic tasks from school. Now she says she is more comfortable in using computer and software like MS Word, MS Excel. She is using the skills she obtain form the course for her school education and day to day activities. Shehara found the computer training course is very interesting, useful and Fusion Education Telecentre environment is helpful. She too feels it would have made much important and better if the proper security system for computer virus problems has been implemented.

Theekshana  Nipulanga Fernando

Theekshana is 19 years old and he lives in Moratuwa. He is doing his studies in grade 12 at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and has one younger brother who is in grade 11 in the same school. His father is a carpenter and mother is a housewife.  Theekshana got to know about Fusion Education from Mr. Indunil who is working in Sarvodaya as a Divisional Coordinator and through his past information he obtain during his work in Sarvodaya Disaster Management team. His parents also encourage him to take the Diploma in computer application (DICA) course, as they believed it would make it easier for him to do his studies further. Theekshana started his DICA course after completing school studies and does not faces any difficulties in attending classes. He was already able to do basic tasks on the computer before he started the training course as his family has a computer at home. He says he learned so much which he would never have known without the course. Now Theekshana is more comfortable in using computer software including MS Word, MS Excel, internet and e-mail. Further he is using the skills he obtain form the course and already helped others in using the computer. Theekshana found the computer training course is very interesting, useful and Fusion Education Telecentre environment is helpful.  He too feels it would have made much important and better if the Fusion Education center is much more attractive environment.

Shaththiya Santhirakumar

Shaththiya is live in Koddady, Jaffna.  Her father and elder brother died   in 1990 at Navali by an air attack in 2009 due to fever when they lived in zone -4 camps at Vavuniya respectively. Her second brother is now in the retention camp at Polanaruwa since 2009. At Present she is engaging in MOH office as a health Volunteer and gets rice, sugar and dhal form them for their family consumption. They live very difficult life with her disabled uncle who is a tailor working in a nearby tailor shop and get monthly income around 1500/=. They live in an abandoned damaged house without having belongings and facilities including electricity drinking water, etc. Still they did not receive financial support from any organization even to build a temporary hut. She was willing to follow a computer course but happen to sacrifice her requirements due to the financial situation of the family. Then she came to know about Fusion Education from Mooventhar Sarvodaya District Centre. And her mother was very happy that she was able to do the course with scholarship, as otherwise she could not have done it without any financial difficulty. Shaththiya started the computer training course and found that the whole course is very interesting and useful. Then she successfully completed the course and she aims to help more people in rural villages learn to use the computers.

Shaththiya’s house

Kowsala Kanakalinkam

Kowsala lives in Jaffna and has four brother s and two sisters in the family. Father is a labourer and mother works as a housemaid. Elder brother is not doing any job since he got operated and second brother got married and he is not with them. Third brother died in year 1996 due to severe fever at the time they get displaced due to war situation. Her younger brother and elder sister are at home waiting for jobs and younger sister is still attending to the school. Their family monthly income is around Rs.4000. They don’t have their own house and live some other persons house which has no roof and abandoned due to war. This family spend their night in neighbouring houses and still they haven’t   got no any financial support or any other assistance from any organization. Kowsala was willing to follow a computer course but happen to sacrifice her desires due to the financial situation of the family. Then she came to know about Fusion Education from Moor street north Sarvodaya District Centre and her parents were very happy that she was able to do the course with scholarship, as otherwise she could not have done it without any financial difficulty. Kowsala started the computer training course and found that the whole course is very interesting and useful. Then she successfully completed the course and she aims to help more people in rural villages learn to use computers. She wants to continue studying I.T. at a higher level as she has a plan to open her own computer training centre in her village.



Fusion Education Award Ceremony 2010

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On 12th February 2011, Sarvodaya Fusion hosted their second Fusion Education Award Ceremony -FEAC 2010, at Sarvodaya Vishva Samadhi Auditorium in Sarvodaya head quarters, Moratuwa. FEAC 2010 celebrated the hard work and success which took place in rural community based ICT education sector in Sri Lanka. On stage to congratulate the award winners and hand out the certificates were Mr. Bandula Gunawardana, honorable minister of Education, Dr. A.T. Ariyarathne, founder and the president of Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya, Mr. Madu Rathnayake, chairman Sarvodaya fusion (General Manager, Virtusa).

Honorable Bandula Gunawardena, the Minister for Education opened the ceremony and he noted that the ‘Fusion Education’ underscores the essential role of the public private partnership in preparing Sri Lanka for success in the global knowledge economy. He recognized that this role is especially important, given the challenge of providing sustainable ICT services to a majority of Sri Lankans living without reliable access to electricity and connectivity. He invited Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne and other Sarvodaya staff members to present their ideas to the parliament committee in developing ICT sector in Sri Lanka and in increasing ICT literacy in the rural community.

Other luminaries included Mr. Saman Algoda, Executive Director, Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangyamaya, Sarath De Silva, Consultant, ICTA, Mr. Welington Perera, Director, Microsoft Mr. Nilantha Bastian, Head of Marketing, Group Communications and Corporate Sustainability, HSBC, Ms.Dilini Fernando, Manager, Corporate Sustainability, HSBC, Mr. D.D. Prabath, In charge of Resource pool, University of Moratuwa, Dr. Sanath Jayasena- Dept. of computer science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Mr. Yasas Abeywickrama, CEO, Lanka BPO Academy, Mr. Gihan Fernando, Managing Director, Gamos, Creator of the Colombo ride mobile Game, Ms. W.A.W. Chandrani, Deputy Director – Standards & Accreditation, TVEC.

Around 700 students who have successfully completed six months diploma course in computer application over 17 districts from four batches were received their certificates at this ceremony.  Further 40 (10 students from each batch) special prizes and certificates were awarded for the students who obtain best results from the DICA examination. Best examination coordinators were awarded to recognize and congratulate the dedication and commitment in teaching their students.

Indeed this award ceremony created a platform to bring key players together given their busy schedules, so this occasion was a great opportunity for invited participants to share information, experiences, on their programmes and activities and explore potential collaboration. The Fusion team encouraged the diploma holders to explore opportunities in the flourishing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector. Working in the BPO sector provides many benefits for rural graduates including high salaries, international experience, and professional development.

Reopening of Sarvodaya Vavuniya telecentre

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First North and East Sarvodaya telecentre was launched in 21st February 2005 with the support of Microsoft in Vavuniya district to facilitate ICT training in grassroot community in the district. However this telecentre was closed during the year 2007 due to prevailed war situation in the country. Vavuniya telecenter was reopen with same objectives in more efficient manner in 15th December 2010 with the help of Sarvodaya fusions’ Microsoft and HSBC project for “Building ICT skills for North and East”. Glowing event was organized for the reopening ceremony of the center and Sarvodaya Fusion staff members, coordinators and instructors from 8 sister Sarvodaya telecenters were participated to the event.

Project progress review meeting of “Building ICT skills for North and East”

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Sarvodaya Fusion organized a project progress review meeting of the Microsoft and HSBC project for “Building ICT skills for North and East” at Vavuniya telecenter premises on 15th December 2010.  Fusion staff members, district coordinators and instructors from 8 telecenters including Jaffna, Kanthalai, Anuradhapura, Mannar, Trincomelee, Padaviya, Ampara and Vavuniya were participated to the event. Main objective of this meeting was to examine the ongoing progress of the project, issues, darwbacks, etc. It also stimulated the learning, sharing knowledge and experiences gathered during the project among participants. Further district coordinators and instructor got an opportunity to present their progress, experiences and issues encountered during the project according to guidelines provided by the Fusion project management team.