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 ...

Prime Minister And Singer Award Top 10 O/L Students With Ultrabooks At an award ceremony held at Temple Trees recently, Singer Sri Lanka PLC extended their support to the the top ten students who excelled in the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examinations held in in 2014. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, together with dignitaries from the Ministry of Education, Asoka Pieris (CEO Singer Sri Lanka) and Mahesh Wijewardene (Director – Marketing and ...

ALL FOR ONE; ONE FOR ALL! The Department of Physical Education together with the Amalgamated Club of the University of Colombo organized a two-day Outbound Training Camp at the Batangala Training Center for all the sports captains and vice captains. The main objective of this session was to develop our leadership and team building skills. We started off Day One with a physical training session which was followed ...

The Open University of Sri Lanka invited me to deliver the sixth in a series of distinguished lectures on the 10th of April 2015. Looking through the titles of the previous lectures, I saw that the common theme is the university and higher learning. Therefore, I proposed “Making the university relevant” as the topic and described the content as follows: ...

Draft Higher Education Act Given below is the text of the draft Higher Education Act prepared by a Committee appointed on January 27th at the meeting of the UGC and Vice-Chancellors and Directors. It has been sent to His Excellency the President, and also to the Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education, to take it forward after fuller discussion. The text was also sent ...

Document Freedom day – 2015 Have you ever felt so irritated for having so many different file types? Documents composed by one application cannot be opened from another. I wish there were universal file types. You have surely wished at least for once in your life, specially if you’re a Geek. There are about 1000+ file types and data transmitting protocols nowadays in computer field. We have ...

How Free is Free Education? The Impact of Tuition on Exam Marks Photo courtesy Rose Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and international schools, universities, and tuition) may be diluting the Free Education Scheme’s ability ...

Miranda Hemalatha still in the tempest “A psych evaluation must be made mandatory in recruiting new teachers,” said educationist Miranda Hemalatha who is also an award winning dancer, actress, choreographer as well as a director of drama, in an interview with The Nation. “I recently read that about 70 percent of school children have some type of a mental disorder. If this is true, it is ...

How Free is Free Education? Private Household Spending on Education in Sri Lanka: 1985-2010 Photo courtesy Rose Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and international schools, universities, and tuition) may be diluting the Free Education Scheme’s ...

How Free is Free Education?: Educational Stratification in Sri Lanka: 1985-2010 Image courtesy Rose Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and international schools, universities, and tuition) may be diluting the Free Education Scheme’s ...

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