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Sunday, 22 May 2011





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CDB fosters IT literacy in Jaffna school

Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) recently changed the lives of students of Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam in Thenmaratchi with the donation of a much-needed IT lab.

A student experiments on a computer while CDB Director/Chief Operations Officer Roshan Abeygoonawardena and Principal Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam Ms Mahalingam look on

Thenmaratchi in the Jaffna district has a population of 50,000 and 650 children attend Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam.

The state-of-the-art IT lab, with its new furniture, latest HP branded computers, LCD monitors, printers, stationery, scanners and internet facilities was gifted to the school as part of CDB's islandwide CSR initiative.

Expressing her gratitude, Principal Ms Mahalingam said, "Education today is interconnected with technology which has become a part of our lives.

Our children were deprived of an IT education and access to the internet.

We had to travel long distances, without proper transportation, to access email and the internet.

This gift by CDB has opened our community to the marvels of IT."

CDB's Director / Chief Operations Officer Roshan Abeygoonawardena said, "We have been conducting IT lab projects for the past three years as part of strategic CSR to enhance IT education among rural youth and address the balance of inequality in IT education." The project is implemented under CDB's CSR theme - Pariganaka Piyasa (CDB Technology Centre).



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