Cross-ethnic Collaboration at a  Sri Lankan Telecentre  –    Barriers for Effective E-learning in Rural Regions   Peter Mo...
Sri Lanka, Population & Regions Area: 65 610 km 2 Inhabitants:  21 million  ≈  73.9%  Sinhalese ≈ 12.6%  Tamil ≈ 7.4%  Moo...
Main languages in Sri Lanka <ul><ul><li>Sinhala – spoken by the Buddhists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tamil  - spoken in di...
Main Tamil speaking groups <ul><li>Jaffna Tamils </li></ul><ul><li>Tea Estate Tamils </li></ul><ul><li>Colombo Tamils </li...
Key Objective of the Study <ul><li>The aim of this study is to analyze and discuss which factors are crucial in the manage...
eSri Lanka & The Nenasala project <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening the democratic processes  </li><...
The Haldemmulla Telecentre Owner : The Buddhist temple Manager : A Tamil teacher Visitors : 50% Tamils 50% Singalese
The Koslanda Telecentre The neighbour telecentre Owned and managed by two disabled Tamil brothers No collaboration between...
Outcomes of the Study <ul><li>A general low income in tea estate regions </li></ul><ul><li>No commercial activities in the...
Implications for the target population in the visited areas <ul><li>Telecentre services are appreciated in Haldemmulla </l...
Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>Improved conditions for  telecentre staff </li></ul><ul><li>Fast and reliable Interne...
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Presentation given by Peter Mozelius, Researcher, Stockholm University Sweden on August 1st, 2011 at eWorld Forum (www.eworldforum.net) in the session Sharing Good Practices in eGovernance

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Peter Mozelius

  1. 1. Cross-ethnic Collaboration at a Sri Lankan Telecentre – Barriers for Effective E-learning in Rural Regions Peter Mozelius Stockholm University / Department of Computer and Systems Sciences Niranjan Megammaana Shilpa Sayura Organization, Sri Lanka
  2. 2. Sri Lanka, Population & Regions Area: 65 610 km 2 Inhabitants: 21 million ≈ 73.9% Sinhalese ≈ 12.6% Tamil ≈ 7.4% Moors ≈ 5.2% Indian Tamil ≈ 0.5.% Others
  3. 3. Main languages in Sri Lanka <ul><ul><li>Sinhala – spoken by the Buddhists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tamil - spoken in different groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English – as a common language </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Main Tamil speaking groups <ul><li>Jaffna Tamils </li></ul><ul><li>Tea Estate Tamils </li></ul><ul><li>Colombo Tamils </li></ul><ul><li>Tamil Speaking Muslims </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key Objective of the Study <ul><li>The aim of this study is to analyze and discuss which factors are crucial in the management of a telecentre in a rural multicultural and multilingual area </li></ul>
  6. 6. eSri Lanka & The Nenasala project <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening the democratic processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advancement of the peace process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the quality of life of the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhancing the social and economic development </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Haldemmulla Telecentre Owner : The Buddhist temple Manager : A Tamil teacher Visitors : 50% Tamils 50% Singalese
  8. 8. The Koslanda Telecentre The neighbour telecentre Owned and managed by two disabled Tamil brothers No collaboration between the telecentres ?!
  9. 9. Outcomes of the Study <ul><li>A general low income in tea estate regions </li></ul><ul><li>No commercial activities in the temple </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with the sustainability, but the telecentre in Haldemmulla has survived! </li></ul><ul><li>Internet access is a big issue and crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-ethnic collaboration is not a problem!! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Implications for the target population in the visited areas <ul><li>Telecentre services are appreciated in Haldemmulla </li></ul><ul><li>People visiting the telecentre is a 50 – 50 mix of Singalese and Tamil people </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching sessions are often conducted in a multilingual manner </li></ul><ul><li>A way to support the peace process !? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>Improved conditions for telecentre staff </li></ul><ul><li>Fast and reliable Internet in rural regions </li></ul><ul><li>Internet access would increase the income and the sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Online repositories for sharing learning objects </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention!! ?

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