Prized Project

Aug 08, 2007 (LBO) – A Sri Lankan ICT project using a digital, interactive educational content system in the Sinhala language aimed at developing self-learning capacity among rural students has won an international award. The ‘Shilpa Sayura’ project was awarded the Information for Development (i4d) award at the recent eINDIA 2007 Conference in New Delhi, India.

The project was initiated by eFusion (Pvt) Ltd as a community project with a grant from the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) to improve the education of remote, rural students without access to teachers with ICT-based educational systems.

Shilpa Sayura provides an interactive means of self study. The content includes text, supported by movie clips, photographs, animations and applet based interactive exercises, an ICTA statement said.

It also provides a platform on which students can interact with one another, share and exchange knowledge.

“That Shilpa Sayura was only one of two projects outside India to win an award makes it even more significant. It goes to show that we can develop home grown, bottom-up applications that can make a difference in our rural societies,” Reshan Dewapura of ICTA said.

Shilpa Sayura was