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Now we are running a very small informal IT educational program. Our computer instructors are Mr. Ranjith Karunarathna and Miss Nadeeshani Tharangika. We have problems in learning English. We need more help in English. We have an idea to establish common library in the village.

 

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We were lucky to get internet access through CDMA technology recently. When we started our computer center, we never expected things to change this fast. Now we have internet, email and we can communicate with the world easily. We thank ICTA, Sri Lanka for providing us this facility.

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Kadurupitiya is a small and a very rural village, under the purview of the Mahavilachchiya divisional secretariat within the Anuradhapura district. Our village has three small reservoirs. Majority of people are farmers and they do chena (slash and burn) farming and rice farming. Most of the villagers do not know the value of education so it is very difficult to convince them. But with the advent of Ashoka Mala Computer Center , things have started to change and now villagers are keen to educate the children.

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February 11, 2006, no doubt, will remain in the memories of the children of Kadurupitiya School, Kudathammenawa for a long period. It is the day on which all the children of the school received a brand new pair of shoes each.

The donation was made possible through the generosity of the President of LearnAid. After seeing some of the photographs of the schoolchildren taken during the donation of computers in August 2005, he offered to give shoes to the children from his private funds. On behalf of the donor, Gamini handed over the shoes to the children when he visited the school on February 11.

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LearnAid has given the necessary funds to Kadurupitiya School, Kudathammenawa so that the Computer Lab of the school can have a regular electricity supply. Preliminary work has been completed and the children will soon have this essential facility.

When the regular electricity service becomes available to the Computer Lab, ICT Agency plans to provide connectivity. This will be a highly valuable resource to the school as well as to the community.

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Ashoka Mala Computer Center is the one and only computer center in our area. We started our center with a used computer given by Horizon Lanka Foundation, Mahavilachchiya in 2005. Later we received more PCs from LearnAid, Kuwait and ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. Our dream is to develop our village with ICTs. 1-1.jpg

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