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June 2006 - The Sri Lanka Government funds 10,000 civil servants for ICDL and another 100,000 citize

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The Sri Lanka Government funds 10,000 civil servants for ICDL and another 100,000 citizens for e-Citizen

As part of the e-Sri Lanka initiative, the Sri Lanka Government adopted ICDL and e-Citizen in June 2006 as the ICT standard required for State Sector employees and the general citizens respectively. The government also agreed to fund 10,000 civil servants for ICDL and e-Citizen tests, and another 100,000 e-Citizen tests for general citizens.

This landmark deal was signed by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and ICDL Asia Pacific’s local Licensee, TestIT. TestIT introduced ICDL, the world’s leading international ICT certification for basic computer skills, to Sri Lanka in 1999. After seven years of rapid development, ICDL and e-Citizen are now well-established and highly respectable ICT qualifications in the country. In a recent move to improve the digital literacy among the education sector, the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Sri Lanka chose e-Citizen and ICDL to be the required standard for ICT skills training for the principals and teachers respectively.

So far over a thousand principals have undergone e-Citizen training and another two thousand teachers have been trained in ICDL. The MoE meets their costs through the Asian Development Bank funded ‘Secondary Education Modernisation Project’. The success convinced Hon. Susil Premajayantha, the Minister of Education of Sri Lanka, that ICDL and e-Citizen qualifications are “nothing short of the best” offered to the principals and teachers. He also stated that “with the government’s drive towards online provision of information, products and services, (the) e-Citizen qualification will be extremely useful to principals.”

The CEO of ICDL Asia Pacific, Mr. Chris Evdemon welcomed this significant breakthrough for ICDL and e-citizen in Sri Lanka, in what is the first such large scale, government funded project in the Asia Pacific region.

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