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ICTA and Ministry of Education Develop a National Policy for Digital Transformation of Education

Digital transformation is making a cogent impact in every sphere. One cannot neglect its influence on education. The effective use of emerging technologies in the education sector would facilitate the learners to expand their learning possibilities, in a manner that is focused on fostering new skills and competencies, through greater accessibility, affordability and availability. This could only be achieved through an education policy transformation that is focused on ensuring the facilitation of innovative learning opportunities.

Recognizing the national importance of blending the country’s education system with technology, the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka together with the Ministry of Education organized a series of three workshops with the participation of educationists, officials of the Ministry of Education, members from SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association for  Software Services Companies), FITIS (Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka), CSSL (The Computer Society of Sri Lanka) and industry specialists.

The policy is the direct outcome of the opinions, views and ideas expressed during the workshop series with a special focus on the concerns prevalent in schools, universities, vocational institutions and other higher educational institutions and discovering ways to address them. The policy document proposes nineteen key focus areas coupled with policy directives to achieve the expected digital transformation of education. Some of the key areas highlighted in the policy include; the digital transformation of education, hands-on digital education, keeping pace with the industry, creating a digitalized environment for students along with resources, self-learning , learning management systems, security in digital space and skills development of students, administrative staff, teachers and parents.

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The policy document is open for public review and recommendations until 15th May 2022 and can be accessed via https://www.icta.lk/policy-for-digital-transformation-of-education/ . You can send your valued suggestions and feedback to policy@icta.lk and become a part of this national initiative.

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