Home / HR/ ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft extend support to create future-ready youth in Sri Lanka

ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft extend support to create future-ready youth in Sri Lanka

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Monday, 8 July 2019 00:00


Microsoft concluded a nine-day Train the Trainer (TOT) workshop to equip underserved youth with future-ready skills. The capacity building workshop was held at the software company’s corporate office in Colombo, engaging 45 participants in a comprehensive, multi-day distributive learning process that harnessed a curated online learning platform called Future Ready ASEAN. 

The workshop was part of a joint initiative by Microsoft and ASEAN Foundation to reach 46,000 underserved youth and equip them with digital skills to enable them to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. The initiative, or ASEAN Digital Innovation program, was extended to Sri Lanka due to its close proximity to the ASEAN member states.  

Future Ready ASEAN is an online platform developed in partnership between the ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft, as part of the ASEAN Digital Innovation program. 

The target participants included master trainers from Sarvodaya Fusion and Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE) – Ministry of Higher Education. In continuation of the workshop series, instructors from the Ministry of Education will be subsequently trained via the online platform.

STEMUp Educational Foundation designed the curricula while Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals conducted the workshop with support from Sarvodaya Fusion and SLIATE.

Microsoft Sri Lanka Philanthropy Lead Janakie Karunaratne shared: “At Microsoft, we strongly believe that technology can be a force for social and economic inclusion. By equipping young people with digital skills, we're increasing their economic opportunities while also addressing the talent shortage faced by industries as they digitally transform. We are committed to equipping underserved youth for the future of work.” The ASEAN Digital Innovation program has been rolled out in seven other countries apart from Sri Lanka: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Local partners from each of the seven countries were brought in to deliver TOTs for over 500 educators. 

The TOT is a first-class professional learning opportunity for qualified trainers who will be providing training and capacity-building assistance. At the conclusion of the workshop in Sri Lanka, Microsoft announced that it will on-board 5,000 youth to its online learning module.   Future Ready ASEAN is structured along four learning tracks that lead to a total of 12 completion badges. At the end of each level of each track, students can download a completion badge. Once the advanced level has been achieved for a given track, students are invited to pursue additional online courses leading to Microsoft's industry-recognised certifications.

To learn more about the ASEAN Digital Innovation program, visit futurereadyasean.org/. 


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Death of a sentence?

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Many a voice has been raised against the carrying out of the death sentence in Sri Lanka. It is inhumane, offends human rights, the State should not kill, the possibility of an error in the judicial process leading to the death of an innocent person

SL’s future depends not on outdated feudalistic system but on becoming partner of a digital economy

Monday, 15 July 2019

Calling Sri Lanka an agriculture-based country is a misnomer A widely-held view by many Sri Lankans is that Sri Lanka was an agriculture-based economy in the past and it should be so even in the future. The first part of this argument is only half-t

Competing with competencies: Developing future-proof Sri Lankans

Monday, 15 July 2019

Competencies are required to compete in an increasingly competitive global environment. Sri Lanka has slipped from 71st place to 85th on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) last year. This shows a dismal picture as Sri Lanka i

Timing is everything

Monday, 15 July 2019

Imagine this scene – the boy totally in love decides to take the plunge and propose to her. He sets up everything perfectly. The ring, the restaurant, the menu and the post proposal music to celebrate. Everything is manicured to a fine detail. But

Columnists More