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A new launch to English education

There are minimum occasions to learn English in rural areas of Sri Lanka. Although there are several projects in teaching learning, learning programmes they aim to pass examinations. In addition there are private classes but they do not provide facilities to use English practically as a language. This is common to Damahana which is a rural area. We, Oasisdamahana It foundation has launched a special project as “innovative English project” in order to avoid above problems. Here the children learn English with practical programmes, new technology and enjoyable activities. First we have selected about 30 children and hope to increase the number in group. All the teachers who involve in this programme ready to work voluntarily. Training progarammes are conducted two days per week. Children come to classes from 6.00 Am to 7 Am and 1.30 PM and 4.30.Pm. We have launched a blog site as “ ” To increase the writing ability of children. Every students get the chance to present the articles in this blog. The parents of these children also assist to this programme. Here the students took happy to learn English. It’s a good progress.

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A Training programe

It seems that many of the people where are interested in ICT bend to use “Open Source “. Deferent reasons like, they can be taken free of charge, minimum risks of virus, easy to use and user friendly affected this. As a developing country Sri Lanka turns to use open source because the cost of open source is lower than other operating systems.
From recently Sri Lankan education attention tends to “Open Source”. Minister of education of Sri Lanka has launched a program to introduce “Open Source” to the school teachers and students in public schools. Many schools are beginning to establish computer centers only with Open source operating systems.
A workshop was held in Balangoda educational Zone on 2012-03-19 and 2012.03.20 at Balangoda zonal computer training centre to introduce “ Hanthana Linux “Operating system. 40 Teachers who teach ICT and be students who learn ICT participated in this work shop.
There, they introduce hanthana Linux Operating system and explained how to use it in learning activities.

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Help Us

Seeing the talented children and their details in our area, various persons and centers have motivated to help them. We offer our gratitude to all of them. The children express by their own words about the victories they gained in this manner.

Various programmes have been reacted in order to increase the usage of ICT in Sri Lanka. Amid that eVillage project takes a main position. In Sri Lanka the eVillages that are reacted through the academic centers gives a massive service to both the school children and the rural community. About three hundred parents have completed their computer training normally. They have succeeded up to use the Internet. As well as about four hundred youths and about ninety five students from eight hundred students have completed an educational course of handling the computer. From the younger to the elder students has a possible to get information through the internet. About hundred and fifty students work as the leaders and holding their web blogs.

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Damahana is a rural village situated few miles away from the Balangoda town. Majority of the villagers are farming for their living. But their students are on a higher state of the education and the ICT. It depicts from the page “our victories”.
They get this improvement with few facilities. Specially there are only 20pcs for the use of the students and the rural community. If we can get increased the number of the PCs we will be able to uplift the students` talents that is our determination.
So we have established a programme to issue PCs for needy people in our village. Therefore I directly invite all to set with this project. If you avoid PCs from the offices or after your own usage, you can offer to our clever students.
If you can supply money for buying PC s, we have launched a program to deliver the computers for needy ones. Here, the person who wishes to buy one he/she has to spend half of the full amount. And the other half is paid by the donator. That is our computer issuing program. I kindly invite you all to help us.

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Hortan Thenna

Hortan thenna is one of the interesting places which is situated in Sri Lanka.
It is in the district of ‘Nuwara Eliya’ of Central province. Any visitors can
reach this place along a crooket road from the Ohiya railway station .Besides
 this road many finas trees have been grown by the people .                                             
This area in covered with the mist. With in half one hour any one can reach
Horton Thenna.The lord of the forest is level and taller tress can be seen.
There are two beautiful waterfalls named by Chimini Ella and Backors Ella.
With the golden colour of the fally water and the sweet should of the Backors
 waterfall is bright the area ,Chimini Ella is close to have.
The most beautiful and interesting places in Horton Thenna is the World
End ‘small and big World End’. The World End spreads toward southern.
This southern Horton thenna is high about 350 and spreads to Balangoda area.

Scene is very terrific .Any way the slop at this places is very interesting.
There are tress and bushes covered the land. Not only that can be seen endemic
 plants and fertile soil .There fore the plants .So many tourists come here to
watch its beauty

Written by Dulari Harshika

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After the tour of India……

With the intention of promoting the use of IT in the rural areas of the country, the Ministry of Education,
in collaboration with the Presidential Secretariat launched a pilot e-Village Programme, ‘Secondary
Education Modernization Project II’ (SEMP II), and funded by the Asian Development Bank.
The programme comprising many activities was, initially launched in the Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Central,
Wayaba and Southern provinces.

In order to further enhance the quality of project outputs, the managers of the five pilot projects have been
given the opportunity to attend a conference held in Baramati, India. The conference on ICT and Development
that commenced on the23rd March concluded on the 30th.
      India is a large country with a large population. Ten days is too short a period to explore and study such a vast nation as India. But this is a report on observations made during ten days of touring into a few of its regions.
      There were about 200 delegates attending the conference from India and various countries in the region including Sri Lanka. Among the key note speakers were, Sharad Kulkarni, Chairman of the Vidya Pratistan Institute for Information Technology(VIIT), Sri Subash Pani, Indian State Official, John Davies, Intel, Asst. Director, and others.

In order to observe how ICT was used to meet development objectives we visited a community radio station in

Praja (Community) Radio Station
Health :- Telemedicine 
 Hospitals visited were either managed by the state or privately owned. Among these was the State hospital
 in Baramathi Town where we were able to observe how computers were used to diagnose illnesses. Here, we saw
computers, cameras, scanners and printers used for the purpose. 

 A team  work at the Baramathi hospital telemedicine centre 

Some equipment used at the Telemedicine centre

After the conference the Sri Lankan contingent arrived in Chenai city in India and remained at the for Indian Institute Information Technology (IIT) in Madras from the 26th to 30th February.  During this period many places were visited and the observations made are reported as follows:

 It seems the Indian government pays little attention towards improving the educational system of that country.
 For example, there is a low level of participation of children in the school education system in rural villages. Those who
attend are very weak in reading and writing. The economic problems, a lack of interest among adults, and a lack of facilities, seem to be the  barriers for that.
 In rural villages there seems to be little attention given to applying modern techniques to develop education.
Especially, the use of computer in the field of education is minimal.

Students of a primary class doing their studies with  computers donated by a private organization.
A visit to private institutes  
However, an obvious feature was that there were many private educational and technological institutes functioning in the regions.These institutes used modern equipment and teaching methods including internet exploration.  

A group of women being trained in a e-praja centre

Beneficiaries working on computers in an e-praja centre

A group of women making bags using banana fiber to be sold on e-commerce


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It is a my victory

This is my new pc

I am Lasantha Jayanath Peellawaththa. I’m from Galgoda, Balangoda in Sri Lanka. I am studying in grade 12
Commerce section in Ratnapura Damahana M.V. (College).

               Also I am a member of “oasisdamahana Foundation” where we learn ICT. We are involved in differeat
tasks using computers. Writing “web-blog” is a main task there. Besides that we also make websites for ourselves.
 Further, I am involved in doing videography and video editing where I am making progress. However, in order to
continue doing all this I greatly needed a personal computer. I am very happy to say that fulfilling my dream,
Mr. Nimal Tissera of Canada generously made a contribution through the Horizon Lanka’s “Digital Butterfly”
programme to help me get a pc. I used the donations and my own savings to get a Pentium– 4 PC. So I am very
proud to do my tasks more accurately and efficiently.
 I am very thankful to those who supported me and guided me so far.

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e-Village Pilots on an overseas tour

With the intention of promoting the use of IT in the rural areas
of the country Of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with
the Presidential Secretariat launched a pilot e-Village Programme,
‘Secondary Education Modernization Project II’ (SEMP II), and
funded by the Asian Development Bank.
The programme comprising many activities was, initially launched
in the Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Central, Wayaba and Southern provinces.

They are arivan to the  India. 
 In order to further enhance the quality of project outputs, the
managers of the five pilot projects have been given the opportunity
to attend a workshop held in Baramathi, India.

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Baramathi Institiut in India.
The workshop on ICT and Development that commenced on the23rd
March will conclude on the 26th.

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In the conforance.
It is expected that the experience gained from this exposure will
enable the managers acquire skills that can contribute to the extension
 and expansion of the services provided to the beneficiaries through the
respective projects. The knowledge gained will also help in ensuring the
future sustainability of the projects.


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A visit from above……..

Visiting the first e-Village of the Sabaragamuwa Province in Dahamana,
Balangoda, were the project officials from SEMP II and the Education Dept.
of the Sabaragamuwa Province.  
Those who came on an inspection tour on 18thMarch included Mr Nimal
Herath-SEMP II Project, Prof. W. G. Kularatne- National Productivity
Secretariat, Mr Gunatilake- Provincial Education Office and Mr  W. Jayasinghe
-Director, Balangoda Zonal Education Office.
Appreci ating the work done so far, gave necessary instructions and suggestions
 on ways to further expand and improve the services provided by the centre.

Receiving and welcoming the Officials

Mr. Nihal Herath inspecting the activities at the Centre

Visiters inspecting the computer e-village activities

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The Scouts and Girl guilde activities of Damahana Maha Vidyalaya

The scout team.

The scouts and girl guide companies in Damahana Vidyalaya is an excellent co-curricular activity.
 These two companies have a long history.
First the scouts company was started by Mr. M.P. Abayasiri, on 20th October 1978. At the same
time his sister Miss. M.P. Piyaseeli started the First girls guide company.
Since then, camps, explorations, tours, shramadana campaigns, hikes, training camps and even img_0232.jpg
jamborees have been held on regular basis.
After becoming the principal, Mr. Abayasiri devoted more of his spare time for improving the scout
movement. In 2000, he was appointed the district commissioner.
After his retirement Mr. Lalith Kumaratunge succeeded him as the Scouts master and continues to
serve in that capacity.

     Getting their training
With his guidance a three-day camp was held at Hambegamuwa, from 26th-28th July 2006.
A mutual fun camp for both, scouts and girl guides, was held on 22nd March 2006.
img_0225.jpgMr. Lalith is devotes his time to improve the talents of the boys by conducting art competitions, hikes,
excursions, dramas and various  tours among other things. The students gain valuable experience and
life skills through these activities.

Mri Lalith kumarathunga co-ordinater

At present the girl guides company is led by Miss. M.M. Somalatha. She has served in this capacity
since the 26thFebruary 2006. A three-day camp was held for the guides, in this school, from 26th to
28th March 2006.
These girl guides participated in a district camp held at Gatangama Vidyalaya, Ratnapura, from 30th
March to April 2007.
At present, both, the scouts and the girl guides in the school, conduct their activities in a complementary
 and mutually beneficial manner.


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Dahamana Maha Vidyalaya: How It All Began……


     At a time when the village lacked a school to serve the needs of the children, the village leaders led by Rev.
  Panane Wimalawansa thero, gave leadership to a move to accomplish this task.

  Overcoming many difficulties the initiative was taken to build a school in Dahamana a few miles from
  Balangoda town on a plot of land donated by W.A. Punchi Mahathmaya.

  When the school officially commenced on February 24, 1949 it only had a cadjan hut, but today a good
  mix of old and modern buildings blend together to add glamour and splendour to the School. 

  In its 57th year of function the school now serves not only the children of Dahamana but also those
  from neighbouring villages.

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