About our e-village.

Sri Lanka is an island nation of 62,705sq Km with a multi-ethnic, multi-religious population of almost 20 million of which 80 percent live in rural areas. Sri Lanka is administratively divided into nine provinces and 25 districts. ICT facilities are mainly focused in urban areas and have not spread to the rural areas to a satisfactory level.
Within the Southern Province too there is a significant disparity in the level of development and access to technology between the urban and rural areas. Rural communities experience difficulties regarding most services especially within the ICT sector. While the state has made several interventions in this area and has provided some facilities it is not sufficient. Awareness, knowledge, and access to ICT facilities in rural communities continue to be very low.

Informal discussions with rural community leaders and youth have revealed that they are eager to establish ICT facilities in their villages and to share in the fruits of global changes in the field of education, technology and socio economic development.

The E village concept has been developed as a response to some of the issues. E village programs are  launched by chosen schools with the help of the Ministry of Education. The Secondary Education Modernization Project (SEMP) developed the idea of establishing E villages in selected schools based on the idea founded by the Horizons Lanka Project in Mahavillachiya in the Anuradhapura district (see http://www.horizonlanka.org) for more details.  The idea is to take ICT and English literacy to rural areas through schools.

The Batuwangala Evillage Project realizes that the changes envisaged through the E Village concept take time and careful planning.  Current needs of students and the community, available infrastructure, socio-economic conditions of the community etc need to be taken into account when planning a project of this nature. Our mission is to provide the members of the e village with the skills that are not limited merely to technical knowledge but also to address all the other factors necessary for ensuring sustainable development within their communities. We would like to define sustainable development in line with current thinking as ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’  Thus, we are conscious of the fact that ICT and technology is but a tool to improve human welfare and wellbeing.  Human welfare and wellbeing are constituted of other factors such as the environment, fair economic systems, the self determination of individuals and communities and strong community and family relationships.

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