Sarvodaya-Fusion and ICTA awards the #stayhomestory competition winners

The #stayhomestory awards ceremony was held recently at the ICTA auditorium with the participation of all the winners of the competition. All weekly winners were awarded Tab computers, craft winners received valuable gifts while category winners of Art, Video, and Photo, of ages under 15 and above 16, were awarded cash prizes. The People’s Choice Award of Rupees One Lakh was won by Ms. Archana Jayawardena from Galle district.

The #stayhomestory campaign initiated during the recent pandemic was aimed at improving the communities’ mental well-being, creative process and to lead them towards a productive and positive lifestyle. Through this campaign, it was also intended to reach the offline community and encourage them to be digitalized, while engaging in these online platforms and sharing their stay-at-home experiences

From the feedback received for the competition, it was clear that this initiative has created a platform to showcase these individuals’ creativity and talents while making their time productive and useful. The competition was able to unveil many talents of innovators, artists, singers, as well as passionate and creative minds. There was a country-wide representation of all age groups, with a total reach of 450K to the #stayhomestory FB page within a month and nearly 1000 entries for the competition.

Mr. Jayantha De Silva, Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, President of Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya, Eng. Mahinda B. Herath, CEO of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Ms. Chulie De Silva, Communications Consultant and Member of the Sarvodaya-Fusion Advisory Board, Mr. Sameera Jayawardena, Head of Transformation of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Ms. Maithree Malwattegoda, General Manager of Sarvodaya-Fusion and Mr. Yasas Abeywickrama, Policy Programs Manager of Facebook – Sri Lanka & Maldives, were among the participated stakeholders.

Sarvodaya-Fusion & Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, enters into a Memorandum of Understanding to empower the people through digital technology and digital adaption

The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and Sarvodaya-Fusion, the ICT4D arm of Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement joint programs to empower people through digital technology.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, President of Lanka Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya and Eng. Mahinda B. Herath, CEO of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA).

According to the MoU, Sarvodaya-Fusion will implement island-wide IT awareness programs through Smart Social Circles and Suhuruliya Nenasala of Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and together will reach to aim a wider audience.

There are nearly 900 smart social circles operating island-wide and about 75 Fusion affiliated IT educational centers involved.

This is in line with the National Program for a digitally enabled society. It aims to provide the necessary support to improve the living standards of the rural people by creating awareness of the use of digital technology.

Mr. Jayantha De Silva, Chairman, Information, and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), Mr. Sameera Jayawardena, Head of Transformation, Ms. Maithree Malwattegoda, General Manager, Sarvodaya-Fusion, Ms. Chulie de Silva, Communications Consultant & Member of Sarvodaya-Fusion Advisory Board and others were also present at the signing ceremony.

Facebook launches ‘We Think Digital’ with Sarvodaya-Fusion to build digital literacy skills

Facebook, in partnership with Sarvodaya-Fusion and supported by the Ministry of Education and Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), launched We Think Digital, a nationwide digital literacy program that aims to develop skills that enable Sri Lankans to create a positive and safe culture online.

This launch follows the successful roll-out of the digital safety content under the ‘IT Yahamaga’ program by Sarvodaya-Fusion, in collaboration with Facebook, which trained 25,000 students and others on the safe use of Facebook, since its launch in 2018.

We Think Digital is a global digital literacy program, with resources aimed at helping people think critically and share thoughtfully online. The program’s learning resources are designed to help people whether they’re new to the Internet or a digital native who wants to learn more or improve their digital skills. Facebook and its partners from government, civil society groups, and communities aim to conduct training sessions for youths, students, parents, and teachers through this program in Sri Lanka.

“At a time when more people are coming online and connecting with friends, families, and communities, being a responsible digital citizen is more important than ever. At Facebook, we are committed to maintaining a safe and well-informed community on our family of apps through empowering people with the necessary digital literacy skills to think critically and share thoughtfully online. I am excited to continue our partnership with Sarvodaya-Fusion, to bring We Think Digital to Sri Lanka and to help create a safer internet experience for everyone,” said Facebook South Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das.

Facebook collaborates with experts, academics, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Asia Pacific to create various modules as a source of learning in this program. The program will be delivered in Sinhala and Tamil virtually, with slides in mixed languages, under We Think Digital alongside Sarvodaya-Fusion’s IT Yahamaga initiative.

‘IT Yahamaga’ (Good Path) is an awareness program of Sarvodaya-Fusion, with the support of the Ministry of Education, empowers youth to use digital technologies effectively and in a positive manner. The ‘We Think Digital’ program will also be broadened and delivered via ICTA’s online video conferencing platform, to reach parents and teachers.

“We are delighted to introduce the global program ‘We think Digital’ to Sri Lanka, to widen the scope of Sarvodaya-Fusion’s ‘IT Yahamaga’, at a much needed time. This year we hope to introduce three new program editions reaching out to Schools, Universities, and Families,” said Sarvodaya-Fusion Advisory Board Chairman Rohan Pandithakorralage. “This will equip them with necessary digital skills enabling them to walk into the digital world to reap its benefits while being responsible.”

Building on the foundation of the digital safety content under the ‘IT Yahamaga’ program, the training content will revisit the basics of digital literacy from the Digital Safety program with add-on modules from the We Think Digital online library of resources. Additional topics that will be covered include privacy, safety, security, digital discourse, and knowing your digital footprint, organised into six modules:

  • What Is the Internet? An explanation of the internet and social media, how they work, and the importance of digital citizenship.
  • Your Digital Footprint: All you need to know about safety and security online and managing your digital footprint.
  • Protecting Your Digital Identity: The A-Zs of safe and secure practices to protect personal information online.
  • You as a Digital Citizen: Insights into digital discourse and the differences between interacting online versus offline, your rights and responsibilities, as well as internet concepts like netiquette, being a creator, copyright, and plagiarism.
  • Be a Critical Thinker: Helping you to discern different types of information and develop critical thinking and empathy when communicating online.
  • Tips for Spotting False News – Help participants make wise decisions about what they read, believe, and share.

For more information on We Think Digital and the available learning modules, please refer to the website here:

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Posted by Sarvodaya-Fusion on Sunday, April 5, 2020

ආපදාව ආශිර්වාදයක් කරගනිමු!

කොරෝනා මර්ධනයට දියත් කොට ඇති රජයේ වැඩපිළිවෙලට සම්පූර්ණ සහයෝගය දක්වන්න.
Give your fullest support to the program launched by the government to control the spread of the Corona Virus.
கொரோனா வைரஸ் பரவுவதைக் கட்டுப்படுத்த அரசாங்கத்தால் ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்ட திட்டத்திற்கு உங்கள் முழு ஆதரவை வழங்குங்கள்

මගේ වගකීම්…

මම පිටරටක සිට මෑතකදී ආපු කෙනෙක් නම් මගේ වගකීම් මොනවද?
கோவிட்-19 தொற்றுள்ள நாட்டிலிருந்துவந்தாள் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும்?
What should I do if I returned from a country with a #COVID19 outbreak?
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