Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced its plans to launch the Nenasa Smart School initiative in presence of Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia. Under this initiative, Dialog Axiata in partnership with Ministry of Education intends to transform 250 smart schools with an online learning platform empowering teachers and students with modern learning tools.
The proposed initiative will expand Dialog’sexisting commitment to develop the Sri Lankan education sector by digitising the classrooms. In 2008 Dialog gifted the nation the Nenasa Digital Television platform which connects over 2000 schools via Dialog’s Satellite TV infrastructure. The Nenasa Digital Television initiative helps to bridge the urban-rural divide in the country’s education system and provides a high-quality educational experience to students across the island, in which Dialog has invested over Rs. 430Mn to date.
Further,since 2003 the Company provides merit based scholarships to students who excel in G.C.E Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Examinations through the Dialog Merit Scholarship Program conducted in partnership with Ministry of Education and Higher Education. To date more than 700 students have benefited from the Dialog Merit Scholarship programme, with a total commitment of more than Rs. 100 million by Dialog Axiata PLC.
Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Education, who also graced the occasion shared his sentiments by endorsing the initiative and commenting that it takes the Ministry of Education one step closer to its optimistic ambitions to transform learning.
The ‘Nenasa Smart School’ digitisation initiative involves a transformation of the education eco system encompassing, teachers, students and learning methods. The Nenasa Smart School project aims to transform 250 schools and these will be equipped with Learning Management Systems, connectivity, and empowered ‘smart’ teachers and students.The Smart Schools project is aligned with global trends in Teaching with Technology (TwT) and Axiata Group’s focus on supporting the Sustainable Development Goal 4, ‘Education for All’.
Commenting on the launch, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive,Dialog Axiata PLC said, “Dialog’s business model is founded on the principle of in clusivity and the company issingle minded in delivering its vision of empowering Sri Lankan lives and enterprises with the latest in technology and connectivity.The Digitised schools are already delivering promising results and it is both humbling and inspiring to receive positive feedback from students and teachers alike.”
CEO of Headstart (Pvt) Ltd, Hasitha Dela, added “Through the roll out of this initiative, we hope to make a significant change in the way education is being consumed by teachers and students. Seeing the results so far, we look towards our shared vision of transforming learning through the use of digital technology and appreciate and thank Dialog for their continuous support and the confidence placed in us.”
About Nenasa Smart School Initiative
The initiative builds on and significantly expands Dialog associate company Headstart (Pvt.) Ltd’s smart school collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Microsoft Sri Lanka and the Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC.
About Dialog Axiata Group
Dialog Axiata Group, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka’s Leading Quad-Play Connectivity Provider. Dialog Axiata PLC, listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka’s Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV). Dialog Axiata Group is Sri Lanka’s largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totalling over USD 2.2 Billion.
The winner of six Global Mobile Awards, Dialog has the distinction of being voted by Sri Lankan Consumers as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year for six years in succession at the SLIM-Nielsen People’s Choice Awards. Dialog was also voted by Sri Lankan consumers as the Internet Service Provider of the Year, and has topped Sri Lanka’s Corporate Accountability rankings for the past six years in succession and is an ISO 9001 certified company. The Company has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award and Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award.
Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry in Sri Lanka since the late 90’s, propelling the nation’s mobile telephony infrastructure to a level of advancement on par with the developed world. The company delivers advanced mobile telephony and highspeed mobile broadband services to a subscriber base in excess of 12.6 Million Sri Lankans, via 2.5G and 3G/3.5G and 4G networks.