Microbit is a microprocessor introduced by BBC UK . It’s ease of use and online community support made it very popular in UK. Sarvodaya Fusion keeping in line with its mission just concluded the first ever Micro:bit Hackathon conducted in collaboration with Microsoft and micro:bit SLUG (Microbit Sri Lankan user group) recently to give a boost to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) educational initiatives in Sri Lanka. As it’s secondary step a workshop was organized for the teachers of grassroots Telecentres with the idea of enhancing the knowledge and exposure levels of rural students on latest technological advancements and know how.
It creates an equal platform for everyone alike as it provides opportunity while giving required digital access despite of social, geographical & economic barriers. Each Centre will be provided with a Micro:bit Kit free of charge by Sarvodaya-Fusion as an encouragement to exposing these grassroots Telecentres to latest technological devices and tools while engaging them in creating an innovative culture among their own student communities. This was organized as a one day workshop at the Hector Kobbakaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute on 6th of August
When opportunity calls there lies no barriers!
Sarvoday Fusion contributed to changing lives of so many young children opening up hundreds of young minds to the world of STEM & Innovation at the end of Hack:Bit 2018
With the aim of spreading awareness of the BBC Micro:bit, Micro:bit SLUG organized a micro:bit hackathon. Held on the 6th and 7th of July 2018 at Trace Expert City, the HackBit Micro:bit hackathon saw teams from 11 universities and 14 schools taking part.
The HackBit hackathon was initially announced by Micro:bit SLUG and opened it for idea submissions in January 2018. The hackathon received around 80 submissions from both School and University teams. Following that, the deadline for submissions came to a close in April 2018 and the submissions were sent to the first panel of judges. These comprised of 3 international judges and 3 local judges.
Based on the decisions of the judges, the top 25 ideas were selected to move on to the final round. In addition, Micro:bit SLUG also partnered with Sarvodaya Fusion to hold the final round of the competition under the support and guidance of Microsoft.
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It was 3rd Annual Awarding ceremony of Sarvodaya-Fusion Grassroots Partners!
Usually we will have our Fusion family gathering once a year. This time it was at Waters Edge Battramulla. This event provides a space for our grassroots organizations/partners to build relationships, share best practices, and identify opportunities for collaborative actions. And of course we all get out of our busy life and enjoy those memorable moments.
Congratulations to all our Winners:
Ms. Shama Gunethilake who won the Air ticket to Malyasia as a best performer in Super premium category.
Mr. Damith Abeysinghe who won the LED Smart TV for overall achievement – Fusion Education and Fusion Education Academy.
Ms. Krishanthi Jayalath who won the five stars hotel full board accommodation as a best performer in Premium Category.
Mr. Sunth Chaminda who won the five stars hotel full board accommodation as a best performer in Premium Category.
Ms. Dilani Wijesinghe and Mr. Rasika Wijesinghe won the industrial fan as a best performer in Good Category.
Mr. Tissa Udugama who won the industrial fan as a best performer in Good Category.
Mr. Damith Rathnasekara and Ms. Sepalika Rathnasekara won industrial fan as a best achiever – CISCO Networking Academy – Get Connected Product.
Mr. Lasantha Jayasekara who won the industrial fan as a best achiever – Microsoft Imagine Academy.
Also we would like to thanks to our partners and friends who joined us at the Annual Awarding ceremony and also special thanks to Prof. Rohan Samarajiva (Chairman ICTA, Chairman LIRNEasia, Board Member Sarvodaya-Fusion) for enlightened the forum as the Chief guest
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense.
To address these disaster risks, Sarvodaya Fusion and Sri Lanka School Of Journalism together organized an evidence based reporting workshop to empower regional journalist in Badulla / Kandy / Monaragala / Nuwara-eliya districts.
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Ms Anoja Seneviratne, Director Mitigation, Disaster Management Centre
Mr. Chandradasa, Consultant, United Nations Development Programme
Mr.Shan Wijetunga – Director, Sri Lankan School Of Journalism
දත්ත සමගින් දැනුවත් වෙමු, සවිමත් වෙමු!
Orientation program to lay a foundation for the future generation to be mindful and to be sensitive to environment and disaster data in order to preserve the environment and reduction of the disaster impacts in Sri Lanka held at Waters Edge – Sri Lanka with 36 School Principals & Disaster Management Coordinators representing Badulla, Matale, Ratnapura and Gampaha districts.
Do you want to know more about the project? Visit http://datasmart.lk and get in touch with us on our facebook page FB/Sarvodaya.Fusion
Names of the people on the pictures: Mr. A.S. Hewage – Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr.B.A.W.R. Padmashantha – Assistant Director, Co-curricular activities, Ministry of Education, Mr. Nalaka Priyashantha, Director – Planning, Ministry of Disaster Management, Mr. Sunil Jayaweera- Director- Preparedness Planning, Disaster Management Centre
“IT Yahamaga”, the initiative of Sarvodaya-Fusion in collaboration with Ministry of Education to educate and create positive influence on the society for responsible handling of internet and social Media has reached 11,000 students so far.
Sarvodaya-Fusion has been reaching out to rural school students ( Grade 9 to 11) at Schools with “IT yahamaga” since 2015. We . We were supported by LK domain and CISCO.
In November 2017, “IT Yahamaga” official flagship event was held at Kuliyapitiya Central College, graced by Minister of Education, with over 800 students participating in the program.
( Sunday Times coverage of the event )
We deliver the following in a seminar format.
The Program outline
–Introduction to Information & Communication Tools
(Internet, Email and Social Media)
— Advantages of using different tools
(To increase productivity, Business purpose and Social engagements)
— Responsible handling and Safety in Digital era – Demo on ‘how to change your facebook settings, how to block unwanted profiles, how to reach out to help etc.
— Social transformation Challenge for the participants “Change Maker” Reward
The Program outcome
–Learn about new Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools (Internet, Email, Social Media and Apps)
–Gradually improve access to educational and valuable information using mobile phones and Computers
–Learn advantages of using different tools that increase productivity, improve Business and in Social engagements. Effective usage of tools and apps in order to save time and cost.
–Improve understanding on ethical use of Social media and the importance of becoming responsible digital citizens
“Advancement of Technology has contributed to the upliftment of human life in many ways” is a widely agreed upon statement. However, there’s also another side to this story. Now a days, we hear more and more stories about how people, especially youth groups go astray through misuse of technology. These incidents have accelerated to a certain point where most of the parents, especially in the grassroots settings have started to show an aversion towards exposing their children to advanced Technologies.
“IT Yahamaga” is an initiative of Fusion Education (FE) to counter this growing issue. Through this program, we seek to educate grassroots students and IT Teachers about; if used properly, how technology can change our lives and the society we live in for the better. The campaign contains; discussions with the students about incidents where technology has been used as a medium in criminal activities, resulted in social unrest and contributed to social issues such as growing teenage suicides etc. and showcasing of a wide range of success stories where technology, especially social media has been used to bring about positive change in the society as well as personal growth.
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For the 1st time in History, the World Bank Group has joined forces with a group of world religious leaders in an attempt to end extreme poverty by 2030. The Partnership has been developed out of a concept of the World Bank President Mr. Jim Yong Kim. More than 30 religious leaders and heads of global faith-based organizations have signed this joint statement. As part of the initiative, the World Bank has planned to develop new tools for more coordination with religious groups in countries where it works.
It’s an extreme honor to see a Member of Fusion Board of Management; Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne (General Secretary – Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement) as a part of the High Level Panel of 6 World Religious Leaders that discussed the role of faith in combating poverty with the World Bank President.
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Over 800 young IT enthusiasts from 70 rural tele-centres Island wide were gathered at the Sarvodaya Vishwa Samadhi hall to get their talents applauded at the FUSION AWARDS 2014 organized by Sarvodaya Fusion; the ICT arm of Sri Lanka’s leading civil society movement, Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya.
On the day of the event, Vishwa Samadhi premise was flooded with these talented youngsters, who were well cladded and were second to none of the most urbanized. There were so much incomprehensible emotions in the air when these young ones were posing for their batch photographs with huge smiles spread across their faces and their family members watching them with pride and tears of contentment from a distance
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The annual training programme of Fusion Education in empowerment and capacity building of grassroots partners was held yesterday at the Sarvodaya- Nagarodaya Premises. The usual annual “Training of Trainer” (ToT) coaching specified for DICA and Kids Courses was replaced by a Business Skill Development training this year taking into consideration the need to pave the way for further growth of our grassroots partner entrepreneurs’ businesses. This time around, more time has been allocated to Business Topics with only 2 hours designated to the traditional ToT Training. The highlight of this year’s training is our Chief Guest of the event; Mr. Dumidra Rathnayake’s (Former- CEO of Etisalat Lanka) commitment extended to provide free personal consultation to all the participants of the workshop. The attendees were also privileged to get the rare opportunity of meeting our (Fusion’s) UK based Managing Director,Dr. Harsha Liyanage.
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