STEM projects to get underway in rural Sri Lanka

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On a request from the Sri Lanka Ambassador in Paris, Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, a project was initiated for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education for rural schools in Sri Lanka.

Under the direction of the Director General Audrey Azoulay and the ADG Natural Science, Dr Shamila Nair-Bedouelle,  equipment and training for STEM Education were received for Sri Lanka.

It is important to have analytical skills and a knowledge of Science especially for youth as it will give them innovative ideas to convert to technology, a spokeswoman said.

This project valued at more than 50,000 euros will include basic teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with AI (Artificial Intelligence). Initially 50 kits for each subject will be provided with the training which will be followed by robotics having AI. A 3D printer will also be given. “This project will be carried out through the Education Ministry and Science & Technology Ministry. We hope to commence the project in July,’ she said.

With this training our youth could be on par with the entire globe and with this knowledge exposure, dropouts from school in Grade 8 or so with the technology knowledge given from age 12, could get into several technology based areas, especially computer, vehicle machinery, rather than ending it up as three  wheeler drivers, she added.

In addition with either being O Level and A Level qualified, they could be employed locally and internationally. With graduation, youth could be competent by adding the subject knowledge as well in their employment, start their own companies rising from the bottom-up approach and local education could be maintained at a high level with a basic knowledge of Science and Technology, the spokeswoman said.

 185 member states of UNESCO liaising with STEM will pave the way for exposure to the global world.