Monday, April 1, 2013

Intel offers ‘easy steps’ to ICTA’s Nenasalas

The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel Sri Lanka on the adoption of Intel Easy Steps. Intel Easy Steps is a basic technology literacy education programme, provided free of charge by Intel to governments and NGOs around the world, to train adult learners with little or no experience with computers. ICTA would be using this as the primary instruction module for fundamental technology education at its Nenasalas. Commenting on the MoU, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, “The ICTA’s efforts have been pivotal to the ongoing transformation of the nation into a knowledge hub. In keeping with our plans to broaden the access to IT facilities, I am confident that Intel Easy Steps will help create a talent pool ready to be deployed at the Nenasala centres slated to be set up in every Grama Niladari division. The adoption of this Programme will also go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of 75% ICT literacy by 2016.”
Sharing his thoughts on this momentous occasion, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology said, “Working with global technology leaders like Intel, ICTA has made commendable progress in improving the level of ICT awareness. With the help of Intel Easy Steps and the guidance of the ICTA team, I am sure that they could take this to the next level.”
Speaking at the event, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Chief Executive Officer Reshan Dewapura, said, “As the apex body involved in ICT policy and direction for the nation, we make every effort to boost the level of ICT literacy in the country.
Having seen how Intel Easy Steps has worked in other parts of the world, we have chosen to deploy it in Sri Lanka and look forward to seeing our ICT literacy numbers grow steadily. I would like to thank Intel for providing us with this tool and the necessary guidance to implement the project.”
“A research-based, practical tool, Intel Easy Steps training is relevant for adults with no prior computer experience. The Programme has been successfully adopted by 20 nations around the world and we at Intel are delighted to be able to contribute to Sri Lanka’s ICT literacy goals through this,” said Intel EM Limited- Sri Lanka Liaison office Country Business Manager Indika de Zoysa
Elaborating on the MoU, Indika de Zoysa added, “Through this collaboration, Intel will be providing an implementation toolkit which includes a comprehensive guide with information, instructions, etc.
An Intel Easy Steps Senior Trainer would conduct Train-the-Trainer sessions for the ICTA team. We would also provide them with a no-fee license access to course material comprising the basic course, a facilitation guide for trainers, an activity book, Intel? Education Help Guide, Intel PC Basics, an evaluation toolkit, and marketing templates.”

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