Earlier today, I made a presentation at a well-attended lunch-time seminar at the LKY School at the National University of Singapore on the work done by LIRNEasia’s systematic review teams on mobile phone impacts in rural areas, mobile financial services and ICTs in the classroom. Sujata Gamage, the leader of the education SR team presented that section. The slides are ...

With thousands and thousands of books, articles and assignments we push children to study, study and study. Face the exams, get the highest marks, beat your friend and then you will be able to get your dream job which will help you to live a luxurious life. This is very common in Sri Lanka. Everyday tuition classes, piles and piles of paper work, everyday exams and assignments, heavy

The week spent at the Asian Science Camp In 2005, after the 55th annual meeting of the Nobel laureates, the two Asian Nobel laureates Professor Yuan T Lee and Professor Masatoshi Koshiba co proposed that an annual event should be organized to promote science in the region of Asian countries and also to nurture friendship and cooperation amongst the younger generation of scientists in Asia. And this idea ...

Micro:bit — A Pocket-sized Programmable Computer - ENGLISH POST The BBC has unveiled the final design of the Micro:bit — a pocket-sized computer board designed to lure U.K. school children to embedded electronics.The Micro:bit is essentially a codeable computer that lets kids get creative with technology. It measures 5cm by 4cm and will be available in different colors.The idea behind the Micro:bit is to encourage young children to learn ...

My ‘Wild’ Weekend I had my first camping experience last weekend when the third year Environmental Science students took part in a field workshop at the Wasgamuwa National Park (WNP) under the guidance of Dr. Mayuri Wijesinghe. We left Colombo early Friday morning and reached the WNP Visitor Center by late afternoon. Mr. Samaranayake, the Park Warden of WNP gave us a brief history of ...

Addressing “blocked grief” in Jaffna Photograph via Steppes Travel Six years after the end of the war the population in the North of Sri Lanka remains passive, ensnared in wartime mentality because they haven’t been able to express and deal with their sorrow and trauma. Professors from Jaffna University talk of a young generation incapable of envisioning a better future. While they demonstrated courage ...

LIRNEasia systematic review research showcased at ICTD 2015 It was in a difficult-to-find room, as far away as one could get from the conference registration area. But we had 50 engaged participants at the open session on systematic reviews organized by LIRNEasia at ICTD 2015. The presentations are below. Introduction Impact of mobiles Mobile financial services ICT in classroom ICTs in MSME

* Sri Lanka's former Education Minister Bandula Gunawardana's piano deal urged to be probed Ceylon Teachers' Union complained to the Ministry of Education to probe the way the former Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana offered pianos belonged to the Ministry to a private nursery network.Three thousand pianos were offered to the Ministry of Education by the Korean government.Minister Bandula Gunawardana has given 35 pianos to Carlton pre-school network, a private entity run by Shiranthi ...

“Seeing my father fight injustice inspired me.” – Bhagya Wickramasinghe Bhagya Wickramasinghe is a lecturer in law, an Attorney-at-Law, and works as a researcher for Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network, an organisation focusing on climate change, youth empowerment, and social justice. She shared her experience of being a young professional and multi-tasking which has allowed her to do work on the causes she believes in. Education: key to empowerment ...

*Credit for this wisdom, simple lesson goes to Rev. Hantane Dhammagawesi who i have mentioned previously here, as my spirit guide. It is common misunderstanding that Buddhism is about recognizing the Dissatisfaction/the suffering/the sorrow in life. But the true premise of Buddhism is about learning how to remove dissatisfaction in order to live in eternal […]

The Lucky Ones Photo via Open, Equal Free I wish it were easier not to care. I wish I could grow up to be a corporate lawyer or a banker and just be content with a “normal” life. Have common, cliché` dreams like a beautiful house, a flashy car, a happy marriage and kids, learn to find joy in the little victories ...

The most current draft of the the Sri Lanka Freedom of Information bill that is about to be presented to Cabinet has removed Parliament and Cabinet from its purview. They were included in the definition of “public authorities” who were bound to respond to information requests by citizens in the previous draft (at that time the Law was called the ...

Mobitel Refurbishes Computer Lab in Royal College, Polonnaruwa Mobitel recently refurbished and upgraded the computer lab at Polonnaruwa’s Royal College. Mobitel’s statement indicates that they’ve upgraded the lab’s internet connectivity significantly and provided content filtering services for web access. The President, Maithripala Sirisena, presided at the (re)opening. Speaking at the opening of the computer lab, Mobitel’s CEO, Ranjith G. Rubasinghe stated, “We firmly believe that we have a responsibility to ...

Becoming a part of Olympiads 45th International Physics Olympiad is the last Olympiad I took part and will be the last ever in my life. Having said goodbye to the Olympiad subculture, it would be a great injustice not to share what it adds to ones life, the glory of it, the spirit of it. There are events where you can show your talents in ...

A Tribute to Turing I watched The Imitation Game last night and was deeply moved. I felt very sad when they said Alan Turing had committed suicide at the age of 41. His contribution to ending the Second World War is invaluable; yet the same society he saved from continuous tyranny drove him to taking his own life. I first learnt about Alan Turing ...

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