A Successful Community initiative supported by Microsoft Sri Lanka and HSBC paved the way to computer science education to students outside Colombo.
During this programme 5000 students received coding tutorials while 700 students learnt about basic computing.
At the end of the program 50 students were selected to follow a Computer Science course at NIBM #SriLanka.
Special thanks to
Ms. Sook Hoon Cheah (General Manager – South East Asia New Markets)
Mr. Hasitha Abeywardena (Country Manager – Microsoft Sri Lanka) and
Mr. Kanchana Hewavitharana (Chief Operating Officer – HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives)
“Pledging to do more, towards securing a smart generation” – LK Domain Registry pledged its willingness to continue its partnership with Sarvodaya-Fusion officially by extending its collaboration until 2020.
In this joint collaboration the partner organizations intends to bring awareness to hundreds and thousands of school children, teachers and parents across the country who lack access to information and guidance to be safe in a digital world while educating them to derive economic and social benefits that would bring about a positive impact on the individual, society and the country at large. LK domain Registry being an organization that served the country not only by providing the professional domain registration services but also as a pioneer who facilitated the development of internet infrastructure in Sri Lanka realizing its responsibility towards the country joint hands with Sarvodaya-Fusion in this initiative in 2016. Since then it has been supporting to educate over 20,000 students and over 1000 teachers. In a context where communities continue to become socially victimized due to lack of education and awareness on using the latest ICT tools there is an ever increasing need to have a constant dialogue among the communities.
“IT Yahamaga” (Securing a SMART generation) is an initiation by Sarvodaya-Fusion to educate student communities on using modern day ICT tools to create a positive Social Impact. The program “IT Yahamaga” is designed to create awareness among school children, teachers and parents on latest ICT technologies & tools, their positive usage, the security & control aspect in order to be safe in a digital world and most importantly the responsible handling of such ICT tools negating influences on social development.
Sharing experiences and learning from one another….A platform to create a dialogue among stakeholders, minimizing gaps and success stories of those organizations working towards “Cyber Safety” & Social well being!! Isura Silva – Consultant, strategic management & outreach, Sarvodaya-Fusion, presenting its journey at South Asia Safety Summit.
Sarvodaya-Fusion team also joined Facebook South Asia Safety Summit happened at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.Theme for the summit was “Create a safer space online for youth & women” #fbsafety
We were conducting an IT Yahamaga program at this school and that day they told us the requirement and the need of a Multimedia projector to the school. Seeing the passionate teachers who are committed to educate children in the school, Isura Silva posted that request came from the teacher on his Facebook, and feedback was amazing. Finally Mr. Saman Algoda happily agreed to donate a multimedia projector to U.B. Wanninayaka Central College, Galgamuwa. Madushan Wijerathne went there and handed over the unit to the School Principal.
We saw many happy faces!
The Education Ministry held a career guidance programme with the aim of creating awareness of the value of tertiary education.
It was a five-day career guidance fair and exhibition held at the Kuliyapitiya Central College from October 3 to October 7, and Sarvodaya Fusion took part in the exhibition with our own stall promoting Fusion Education and IT related programs.
We had many games and raffle draws during these 5 days and The Minister of Education Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam visited our stall at the career guidance fair and appreciate the work we do in tertiary education sector in Sri Lanka.
It was the first-ever career guidance programme conducted by the Education Ministry, as the need for increasing human capital of the country has been identified.
Grand Finale competition of “දත්ත සමගින් දැනුවත්වෙමු – සවිමත්වෙමු” took place at the Ministry of Disaster Management Auditorium yesterday and we congratulate the winners and thank all the participants.
Winners- Badulla Central College
2nd place- Rangiri Dambulu MV, Matale
3rd place- Pallebedda MV, Ratnapura
And Vishaka Girls School – Gampaha was in the 4th Place
We chose 36 schools from some of the most disaster-prone districts in #SriLanka to participate in a quiz competition (දත්ත සමගින් දැනුවත්වෙමු – සවිමත්වෙමු) to enhance their knowledge on related topics.
Sarvodaya Fusion, UNDP Sri Lanka and Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and Disaster Management are working on a common goal to educate Sri Lankans on the importance of Collecting and using Environmental and Disaster related (#EnD) Data.
After a number of successful events educating general public, media personnel, SMEs and many other stakeholders, it was time to educate school children on these topics to inculcate a culture among school children through creating awareness and capacity building to use biodiversity, climate change, land degradation and disaster risk reduction data when making decisions. The campaign aims at encouraging students to gain access to environmental related data on frequent basis, review them as a habit in their day to day decision making while educating their peers and family on any adverse impact it could bring in. Through this campaign it is expected to lay a foundation for the future generation to be mindful of preserving the environment and reduction of the disaster impacts saving lives and minimizing economic losses and infrastructure damages as a developing country.
The district round of the competition took part in 4 districts ( Matale / Gampaha / Rathnapura /Badulla) on 15th September 2018.
District winners :
Badulla – Badulla Central College
Gampaha – Vishakka Balika VIdyalaya
Matale – Rangiri Dambulu Madya Maha Vidyalaya
Rathnapura – Pallebedda Maha Vidyalaya
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
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.
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