Multimedia technology has been introduced to schools thus directing the education strategy towards a new path. The first stage of the countrywide programme to popularize multimedia technology among school children was launched in Colombo today. 450 students and 200 teachers, representing many schools in the island, participated in this Workshop. This Workshop was a joint effort of the Information Department and the Distance Education Service of the Higher Education Ministry. It is planned to hold networked workshops in the future covering all Districts, including Kalutara, Gampaha and Galle. Media Secretary W.B. Ganegala pointed out that the country should be developed as the knowledge hub. This is clearly enshrined in the Mahinda Chinthana. The Information Department expects to play a pioneering role to popularize, particularly among children, knowledge and modern technology.
Higher Education Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said that knowledge had to be taken to the village if the country was to become the knowledge hub. This knowledge should then be used for distribution among the world. The National Distance Education Unit has succeeded in taking this knowledge from Colombo to the village. He revealed that this was done through 26 Centres and with the help of 625 computers