Dialog Axiata and Ministry of Education to launch 10 TV Channels free of charge

RP | Published: 6:44 PM Sep 9 2021
Business Dialog Axiata and Ministry of Education to launch 10 TV Channels free of charge

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education to deploy 10 Education Channels which are provided absolutely free via Dialog Television and the ViU App.

Four channels were launched yesterday (07), as part of the first phase.

These channels are accessible over the Dialog Digital Satellite TV and on any smartphone by downloading the ViU Mobile TV app. It iis made available absolutely free without any PayTV subscription charges or data charges.

The content for these channels are developed by the State Ministry of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion and the National Institute of Education as per the national curriculum. 

The new set of channels namely, Nenasa O/L Sinhala (Ch. 22), Nenasa O/L Tamil (Ch. 23), Nenasa A/L Sinhala (Ch. 24) and Nenasa A/L Tamil (Ch. 25) are dedicated to support all students to prepare for the upcoming G.C.E. O/L and A/L examinations and cover lessons conducted by the country’s best educators with immersive, engaging and innovative teaching techniques. 

Furthermore, the ViU Mobile TV App available on Andriod, IOS, and the Huawei app gallery, provides the facility to rewind the TV channel for up to 2 hours and catch up past 3 days missed programmes to relearn important topics.

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Education said, “Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the education sector was adversely affected, prompting us to find quick solutions to ensure the learning continuity of our children. This initiative by the Ministry of Education to ensure that every child has access to education through accessible, new technology will become a new revolution in the education sector.”

Commenting on the initiative, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, State Minister of Education Reforms said, “The National Institute of Education and the best educators of Government schools came together with the Ministry of Education, the State Ministry of Education Reforms and all other relevant State Ministries to develop this exceptional educational content in line with national curricula standards. We would like to thank Dialog for once again extending these convenient platforms free of charge to the Government bodies, the educators and all students.”

“I see this initiative as the biggest transformation in Sri Lanka’s education sector. I am very pleased that children from all across Sri Lanka will be significantly benefitting from this programme. The National Institute of Education and Dialog made a great deal of effort to compile the educational content. I am confident that this initiative will greatly service both the children and the country’s education sector”, said Former Minister of Education and current Foreign Minister, Hon. (Prof.) G. L. Peiris.

“The Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education were able to advance the national-level programme of digitising and modernizing the country’s education sector to the next level with Dialog’s ‘Nenasa’ initiative. It is our belief that education system restructuring should be integrated with technology. Together with Dialog, we look forward to preparing our children towards the next technological revolution in the country”, said Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth & Sports and the State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development.

Commenting, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are pleased to launch these education channels for free to all schoolchildren across the country as part of our efforts to enable uninterrupted education during these challenging times. Extending A/L and O/L content via the Nenasa Sinhala and Tamil channels is part of Dialog’s overarching efforts in providing schoolchildren across the country with equitable access to education to achieve their aspirations.”

This is yet another initiative by Dialog in its continued efforts of supporting students across the country with their educational endeavours. 

In addition to this initiative, Dialog powers a range of educational platforms under the national-level Nenasa initiative; Nenasa Smart School, Nenasa App and the toll-free 1916 distance learning helpline. 

Moreover,  Dialog also extended free access to the Guru TV Channel (Ch.20) through Dialog Television and the ViU Mobile TV App. 

Dialog further endeavoured to provide 100,000 schoolchildren in need with Data Scholarships under the ‘Nana Diri Data Scholarship’ programme, to facilitate their online learning from home. 

Free access  to e-Thaksalawa, the National Learning Content Management System (LCMS)/Learning Management System (LMS) and to all official e-Learning platforms of State Universities under the purview of the University Grants Commission was also provided, without any data charges.

About Dialog Television

 Dialog Television, a fully owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC is Sri Lanka's undisputed leader in digital satellite PAY TV entertainment, providing customers the best value and viewing via strategic partnerships with the best of global content providers. 

Dialog Television is proud to bring the best in entertainment to over 1,600,000 Sri Lankan homes, broadcasting more than 130 channels inclusive of 10 HD channels under a variety of genres from Sports, Action to Comedy and Edutainment.

Dialog TV has enabled its customers to experience Live TV and Video on Demand services including catch-up TV and rewind TV at home and on the go via the Dialog ViU App as well as ViU Hub and ViU Mini devices, the latest addition to its device range which enables customers to experience the latest Android features powered by Google.

RP | Published: 6:44 PM Sep 9 2021

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