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Serving Sri Lanka

This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Monday, October 15, 2007

Enhancing opportunities for rural youth; ICTA joins hands with EDEX

Daily Mirror: 15/10/2007"

While many organisations have difficulties in recruiting the right talent to join their winning teams, many applicants on the other hand, apply for vacancies not being fully aware of the exact expectations of the organisation or the competency requirements to fulfil the tasks assigned effectively.

Although the free education system was introduced in Sri Lanka over 5 decades ago, it could be concluded that even with billions of Rupees of public funds being allocated annually, our youth particularly its rural counterparts are yet to show any remarkable improvement. It is no secret, how on a number of occasions these youth who continuously suffered from a protracted ‘opportunity divide’ reacted violently, whilst many passionately debated issues of the Digital Divide on a global front.

With a vision ‘To empower the Sri Lankan youth to be globally competitive’, EDEX along with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) is now concentrating on the rural youth of the country. This strategic partnership paves the way for a better focused strategy to enhance opportunities for the rural community.

ICTA’s Nenasala programme is now gaining momentum with over 400 IT kiosks dotting even remote villages islandwide. This program is incrementally making inroads to enhancing IT literacy, which is increasingly becoming a key skill in demand. It is reported that over 10,000 mostly rural youth access Internet and other IT resources online everyday via the Nenasala network.

Benefiting from the synergies the ‘Nenasala’ and ICTA offer, EDEX – National Higher Education and Careers EXPO has decided to offer the benefits of the recently re-launched EDEX web portal www.edex.lk for the benefit of these rural youth.

Synergies derived from this initiative are expected to be a real boon to the aspiring youth in the country specially those in rural areas. Bringing these rural youth a few steps closer to the opportunities that exist both within and outside the country, the EDEX web portal will offer them with invaluable online resources in higher education, skills development and employment in terms of guidance as well as placements.

Such rare exposure and access to related information will enable the out-of school young men and women to make informed decisions on choices, options and opportunities available.
EDEX is acclaimed to be the most comprehensive and the largest Education and Careers Fair in the country. It has managed to create new standards in the exhibitions arena with its novelty/ value addition programmes such as seminars and workshops, on site job interviews, scholarship offers, greater coverage of relevant sectors representing both local and overseas participants and other special features, the pinnacle of which are the twin EDEX Exhibitions held in Colombo and Kandy in January each year.


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