Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nenasala National Project

e-Sri Lanka Initiative

The e-Sri Lanka Initiative initiated by the Government of Sri Lanka aims to provide access to “diverse and unrestricted sources of information and means of communication” to all the citizens. 
The Government of Sri Lanka in recognizing the great potentials that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can play in:
  • strengthening the democratic processes in the country, 
  • the advancement of the peace process, 
  • improving the quality of life of the people, and 
  • enhancing the social and economic development 

ICTA’s 1000 Nenasala (Knowledge Centre) Project

The Nenasala Project is one of the projects implemented under the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Formally known as the “Vishva Gnana Kendra Project (Nenasala)”, ICTA has incorporated it under the “Nenasala” label to introduce several models of the telecentres or knowledge centres to be established in all parts of Sri-Lanka to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban population.

The Project will aim to meet the infrastructure requirements in order to address the information and communication needs of rural areas in all parts of the country through the establishment of Nenasalas, and the provision of ICT based services.

As the diffusion and the use of ICTs in rural areas is limited, it is recognized that the most effective and efficient way to provide access to ICTs for rural areas will be through the establishment of Nenasalas. The main objectives of a Nenasala is to assist communities in:
  • poverty reduction 
  • social and economic development, and 
  • peace building.
It is important to note that all the services and support to be provided by the Nenasalas are done in such a way as to aim / guarantee long-term sustainability.

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