Initiated in January 2005 by the then Prime Minister and current President of Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapakse, Nenasalas are Sri Lankan telecentres which "provide access to diverse and unrestricted sources of information and means of communication to all the citizens.” It’s been 8 long years since the first ever Nenasala was opened at the Kirivehara Temple in Katarama and there are almost 700 Nenasalas being established around the country. Since its inception in year 2005, Nenasala’s have been a great initiative by the Sri Lankan government and also is fine example that is being implemented by various other countries. According to a survey by ICTA, monthly more than 200,000 persons use the network of Nenasalas. It is approached by farmers, fishermen, the self-employed, the private sector, school children, teachers, vegetable vendors, foreign employment seekers etc.on a regular basis.
In celebrating the success of the Nenasala project since its inception eight years ago, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has recently launched a book on the Nenasala project. The book titled "Nenasala The Sri Lankan telecentre experience" was written by Dr. Basheerhamad Shadrach, former executive director of Telecentre.org Foundation. Nenasala:The Sri Lankan telecentre experience reveals the history of eight year long story of nenasalas, its evolution and uniqueness of the project. It further discusses the present status of the project along with lessons learned and several case studies. Not only that, this publication is also dedicated to "celebrates the handy-work of the grassroots champions in each of the 664 nenasalas; the team at ICTA; the partners who lent support; and, the stalwarts at the President’s office, who believed in the Nenasala movement."
The book was officially launched during the event: Nenasala Felicitation Awards 2013 which was held recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ICTA has published the book in Sinhala & Tamil (local languages of the Country) versions as well.
Click the link below to download the entire book: