Since the inception of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the low rate of computer literacy in Sri Lanka has been a matter of major concern. With a mere 3% of rural households owning a computer (according to the survey by the Department of Census and Statistics, 2004), access to a computer and information is certainly a challenge for the predominantly rural population (70%). One of the steps taken by ICTA to address the issue is the establishment of network of Nanasalas. With over 150 Nanasalas now in operation, ICTA is ready to launch another project to strengthen and further develop the network of Nanasala.
e-Literacy: Nanasala Network
A skill-imparting project, entitled ‘e-Literacy for Citizens through Nanasala Network’ offers two recognised courses in all three languages to ensure equal access to information for all communities in the country. The first one is especially designed to cater to beginners or those with minimal knowledge of ICT.
The second course is for applicants who have a substantial knowledge of ICT, ideally those who have successfully completed the first phase. Completion of this second course will offer participants internationally accepted certification, certifying that the holder has knowledge of the basic concepts of Information Technology (IT).
This project aims to improve the ICT literacy of the rural population and provide incentives for largely urban based training institutes to take on the challenge of offering training courses in rural areas.
Rural Knowledge Centres
Nanasala, also known as ‘Rural Knowledge Centres’ (RKCs), have multi