School is Cool: One Laptop Per Child Program in Sri Lanka


Dilki in Grade 3 studies the leaf in her hand and photographs it for her lesson. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

When is school cool and the teacher comes to class and says Good Morning children, now open your computers.  Yes, it is not open your books but open your computers when class commence at the Seelarathana primary school in Ganemulla,  on the outskirts of the capital Colombo.   

Sharing and learning Grade 3 students at Seelarathana Primary School, Sri Lanka. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Are the kids happy? 

Dilini,Iresha and Amadi think school is cool. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

A lesson in progress: the children are taking their own photos of plants, from the built-in camera on their XO computers. 

Learning by observing. Budding botanists? Photograph © Chulie de Silva

How did this come about? When did this program start? What is this program? Are there more schools in Sri Lanka that have these facilities? 

We love our XO's. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Banners at the World Bank, Washington D.C. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

The third episode of the Say IT! Look@ program also looks at the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy which became operative on July 1, 2010.  How will this “Open Sesame” to information affect academics and University students? 

Want to know more about us, tune into the http://blogs.worldbank.org/sayitlookat  on ETV tomorrow July 3, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. 

Repeat on 10 July, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. on ETV. 

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4 thoughts on “School is Cool: One Laptop Per Child Program in Sri Lanka

  1. What a lift for regional and rural kids – you could see enthusiasm written all over them – hope this initiative goes island wide, soon.

  2. Love the kids with their heads in the flowerpots. What a cool school tool indeed: Chulie your pictures share the kids’ delight, thank you.

  3. ඹබ ගේ ඡායාරූප පෙළ ඉත්මත් අගය කරමි. මෙම වැඩසටහන සදහා මාගේද දායකත්වයක් තිබූ නිසා මෙම ඡායාරූප දැකීම මට ඉතාමත් සතුටට කාරණයකි.

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