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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2837

Sri Lanka “Shilpa Sayura” wins The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008

Stockholm, 26 May, ( The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 has been awarded to “Shilpa Sayura”(Sea of knowledge) Project presented by Sri Lanka under education category. A total of 145 outstanding ICT projects from all over the world under six categories were selected as finalist.

All finalists were invited to Stockholm and participated in the Challenge Week, held from May 19 – 22 in Kista, North of Stockholm City. The Awards ceremony took place in the evening on May 22, in the Blue Hall, venue of the Nobel Banquet. The winning projects in each category were announced and presented with the Challenge Trophy and a check of 5.000 Euros.

“Shilpa Sayura” project presented by Mr.Neranjan Meegammana, Project Leader of the Shilpa Sayura of Sri Lanka received the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 for education category.

The Challenge programme 2008 has been targeting ICT for Development projects globally. Great efforts have been put into the search for excellent examples of information and communication technologies that show convincing benefits to people and communities, wide impact and proofs of future sustainability.

"The standard of the projects in the Stockholm Challenge Award this year is better than ever", says project manager Ulla Skidén and adds: "the criteria for participation have been set to a higher level compared to earlier years. Participants needed to more clearly demonstrate social impacts and sustainability with their projects in 2008. This resulted in 145 exceptional projects from more than 50 countries."

The Stockholm Challenge is a biannual awards programme since 1994 when it was launched by the City of Stockholm. It is now owned by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and sponsored by the City Council of Stockholm, Ericsson and Sida.

Shilpa Sayura was earlier the winner of i4D award at e India 2007 and Stockholm Challenge GKP Award at GK3 KUL, Malaysia in 2007.

Shilpa Sayura System provides an interactive means of digital Self Learning programme based on National curriculum of Sri Lanka for students in the remote and rural areas who do not have adequate resources and teachers for their education. It is a Local language Digital Learning system.

The aim of Shilpa Sayura is to improve self learning capacity of the Handicapped Students in Remote areas and rural communities to prepare for the National Examinations. Shilpa Sayura Project is a multi stake holder ICT community initiative with the e-Sri Lanka ICTA e-Society funding.

Shilpa Sayura project was highly commended by the business community in Sweden after the presentation made by Mr. Neranjan Meegammna on Shilpa Sayura Project at the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council meeting which was held at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Stockholm.

Ambassodor of Sri Lanka Mr.Ranjith Jayasooriya hosted a reception at the residence to congratulate Mr.Neranjan Meegammna, Director of the Silpa Sayura Project on his success in the Stockholm Challenge 2008.

- Asian Tribune -

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