Etisalat equips fifth Southern Province school with a fully-fledged library

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On a quest to uplift the future generations of Sri Lanka, leading mobile telecommunication innovator Etisalat Lanka recently constructed its 13th Etisalat Knowledge Centre; a fully-fledged library at the Ganethanna Uparathana Junior School in Narandeniya, Kamburupitya located in the Southern Province. Etisalat provided the library with books worth over Rs. 250,000, in addition to a television, a DVD Player, furniture and schools bags for the students. Commenting on the initiative, Etisalat Lanka, Head of Human Resources, Srinath Fonseka said: “The Etisalat Knowledge Centre is a much needed addition to the school, and it will further promote reading among the students and increase their overall library time. A total of 1,200 supplementary books approved by the Department of Education, covering diverse topics were donated to the school.” In addition to setting up an Etisalat Knowledge Centre, the mobile telecom service provider also provided the school with free access to its ‘Web Patashala’ program, which was launched last year together with the Ministry of Education. Web Patashala is an online e-learning tool that allows students and teachers access to education material from the national syllabus. Through its ‘Danuma Pubudana Wiyapruthiya’ CSR Project, Etisalat has helped improve the education standards of thousands of under-privileged children across the island. Elaborating further on its commitment to uplifting children’s education in rural schools, Etisalat Lanka Director/CEO Dumindra Ratnayaka said: “We believe that laying a proper educational foundation for children from an early stage is imperative for their successful future. That is why we carry out projects of this nature, especially focussing on children in the primary schools. Etisalat’s drive is to provide opportunities for the nation’s children to ‘access today’s world through education. Etisalat Knowledge Centres were introduced to facilitate and develop future generations of the country. We have taken another leap forward in our efforts in driving ICT literacy and bringing them to rural schools such as these by providing them access to our revolutionary e-learning platform ‘Web Patashala’ program.”