National Policy for Digital Transformation of Education open for public review

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The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, has developed a National Policy for Digital Transformation of Education, which will be open for public review and recommendations until 15 May.

Recognising the importance of integrating technology into the education system, the ICTA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, organised a series of three workshops attended by educationists, Ministry of Education officials, members of the Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM), Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL), and industry specialists.

The policy is the direct outcome of the opinions, views and ideas expressed during the workshop series with a special focus on the concerns prevalent in schools, universities, vocational institutions and other higher educational institutions and discovering ways to address them. The policy document proposes nineteen key focus areas coupled with policy directives to achieve the expected digital transformation of education. Some of the key areas highlighted in the policy include: the digital transformation of education, hands-on digital education, keeping pace with the industry, creating a digitalised environment for students along with resources, self-learning , learning management systems, security in digital space and skills development of students, administrative staff, teachers and parents.

Digital transformation is making impacts in every sector and similarly, it has made a huge influence on education. The effective use of emerging technologies in the education sector would facilitate the learners to expand their learning possibilities, in a manner that is focused on fostering new skills and competencies, through greater accessibility, affordability and availability. This could only be achieved through an education policy transformation that is focused on ensuring the facilitation of innovative learning opportunities.

The policy document can be accessed via https://www.icta.lk/policy-for-digital-transformation-of- education/ and individuals can send their valuable suggestions and feedback to [email protected] and become a part of this national initiative.

BY Eunice Ruth