Udubaddawa Nisala Telecentre is in Srilanka. It is matter to happy that Telecentre.org Foundation and SPARK (the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) are launching of the first ever Global Telecentre Awards. In Srilanka Information Communication Technology Agency Of Srilanka(ICTA) has already taken necessary steps to implement the TELECENTRE NETWORK at Grassroots level in island wide. In that case our telecentre was initiated 5th of October 2008 as Udubaddawa Nisala Telecentre. Udubaddawa NISALA telecentre is 566 Telecentre in Srilanka at Udubaddawa A.G.A. Division of Kurunegala district under the Srilankan 1000 telecentre project concept of the president of Srilanka and the government. With a large number of Distance Learning Education Centers, Empowering grass-root Level at Village Level our telecentre Specialized for empowering ICT and English Language. Udubaddawa NISALA Nenasala does multitasking duties for entire Public based on ICT.
We Udubaddawa Nenasala doing English Language development programme in above nenasala centres. That has been a good sustainable task to my telecentre. Because there is a strong link between ICT and English Language. And also still in Srilanka English literacy is in less than 50 percentages. So it is essential to increase that percentage whatever way we can. Not only that I have been able to give 20 job opportunities to unemployed youth in our area as English teachers. . Actually whole these opportunities given by this Valuable Telecentre Network. So I think introducing this kind of program to other world telecentre network they also able to take advantages of this. That was a great determination to us. When teaching English at the village level where situated our distance education centre in far away from the regional city and our teachers go to the separate centers day by day in weekdays and weekend where situated in temples, public halls and religious places. Our teachers use smart phones as tool of teaching.
Not only that we want to implement the IT training in good way from our telecentre. We study them and formed new IT courses to both kids and adults. And also we were able to do webinars (Skype conference) with the help of the resource persons from universities.
And also we udubaddawa telecentre is launching a new telecentre promoting program me. We nominated is as “propaganda road show task”. Here we have decorated a three wheeler for propaganda vehicle. I hope to make aware all rural public people about telecentre services and activities. And also already I have done several programmers at village level and villagers highly appreciated our program me to uplift the telecentre. In the other hand especially students get enjoy from our program me.
Before doing this kind of program me I found it is difficult to make aware the public. Especially village area people always busy with their day today works. So I find it easy to access the village area people by this task. And also by this task we normally go into their door steps and make aware all the services and activities done by Nisala telecentre.
In 2009 we got opportunity to work in financial field also. It means we as Udubaddawa Nisala telecentre joined hand with the SANASA DEVELOPMENT BANK of Srilanka. That is a development bank registered under the central bank of Srilanka. SANASA is a one of grass root levels well established name in Srilanka. Now there is a Sanasa development bank savings unit in our telecentre. The goal of this savings centre project is eradicate the poverty in Srilanka. At the moment we are accepting only deposits (savings and fixed) only. Kuliyapitiya branch coordinates all the duties with our Nenasala centre. We do Rs.50000.00 loan projects to those who are self-employed. Already our telecntre was able to create client base with more than 500 members as customers with kids, women, men and societies who are facilitating from us. In here we do again multi tasks. Our center target is to become a Sanasa Developent center approved by the central bank of srilanka.