Science education for rural children in Sri Lanka through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Sunethra AtukoralaPresident, National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka, National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka

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94 11 2697485
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C/o Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
No. 120/10, Wijerama Mawatha Colombo 07
Sri Lanka
Project information
Title of proposalScience education for rural children in Sri Lanka through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Partners (IAP member organizations)Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Key words (8 max)science education rural children Sri Lanka ICT
Requested budget (US$)49,996
Project durationone year
Summary (200 word max.)Rural children are generally not interested in studying science, due to lack of exposure to scientific ideas as well as to the limited availability of science education in rural secondary schools. Science taught in schools is mainly examination-oriented and not meant to stimulate interest among children. The National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka proposes to initiate a programme to stimulate interest in science among secondary school children in rural areas using ICT. The programme would be based on the theme: “Science behind everyday life”. Sub-committees of experts in relevant fields would direct the development of resource materials. As television and computer facilities have been made available at rural centres, the resource materials to be developed would include interactive CDs and DVDs in the national languages to be shown in schools and other community centers. A pilot study would be carried out to assess their effectiveness. The expected outcomes would include an increase in the number of students opting to study science, increases in knowledge and the demand for schools offering Science subjects.
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