Sarvodaya Development Finance celebrates World Literacy Day

Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF) marked World Literacy Day by highlighting its education-related initiatives.

World Literacy Day is celebrated annually on September 8 and was celebrated this year with the theme “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces”. World Literacy Day is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and societies to reflect on the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces for building resilience and ensuring quality, equitable and inclusive education. for everyone.

CEO Nilantha Jayanetti said, “Our company is one of the most active companies in terms of social activism and creating real progress for education in Sri Lanka, in addition to its primary goal of empowering communities. rural and urban areas of Sri Lanka through financial services.

“Our goal is to create better spaces for literacy learning in Sri Lanka through initiatives such as the Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Education, the Early Childhood Development Unit and a network of preschools under the Sarvodaya Suwasetha Society.

“Our kindergartens in particular are very dear to our hearts as they ensure that children receive a good educational foundation, based on the Sarvodaya philosophy. We also provided a computer learning center to promote computer literacy in rural areas, as well as a program to improve education for rural students this year.

“We plan to continue these efforts and ensure that every Sri Lankan can enjoy a good education and the benefits of literacy, especially amidst the challenges we face as a nation,” he said. he declared.

Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Education helps to network and provide good spaces for education and literacy in rural areas, while bringing organizations together to create a more unified curriculum.

The Early Childhood Development Unit supports preschool and child care centers in villages and rural areas to educate parents, children and the community.

Sarvodaya Suwasetha Society preschools and day care centers operate under the care of qualified instructors and under the direct supervision of the Department of Probation and Child Care Services. Currently, the network operates 1,427 preschools and daycares, where children are engaged and have safe and welcoming literacy learning spaces.

During the year, SDF also set up a computer learning center to improve computer literacy in rural areas. It is the result of an innovative initiative between SDF and Mithra Innovation, a leading software developer in Sri Lanka.

Through this initiative, rural students have the opportunity to learn software programming and broaden their horizons. In the first six months of the pilot project, more than 25 students were trained and received recognized certification and guaranteed employment opportunities. SDF is currently working to expand the size of this program to include 100 students per batch at short notice, with further expansion and development planned in due course.

In another initiative to raise the standard of education in Sri Lanka, SDF has collaborated with the University of Colombo Graduates Association to organize seminars for GCE Ordinary Level students in rural areas who have achieved less 40 points in math on their last grade level exam.

During the initial seminar, more than 500 students participated in a two-day program at DS Senanayake MV in Ampara and Uhana MV, also in Ampara. SDF recently held another seminar at Kebithigollewa Central College with the participation of 17 schools from the Kebithigollewa Education Zone.

Seminars are delivered by knowledgeable and qualified faculty specializing in mathematics in an understandable and concise manner that appeals to students.

Participants received two meals a day, as well as stationery and model exam papers, all free of charge.

The objective of the program was to give a boost to students in difficulty, to give them the means to pass the GCE Ordinary Level. An evaluation conducted with the students who participated revealed that 80% passed their mathematics exams, allowing them to continue their higher education.

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