The Oracle Education Foundation Collaborates with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Education to Help Students Develop 21st Century Skills
Over 25,000 Students and Teachers Benefit from the ThinkQuest Projects Learning Platform.
Colombo – July 16, 2009 News Facts ·
- The Sri Lanka Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide ThinkQuest Projects to more than 25,000 students from 500 accredited schools over the next three years.
- ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills including communication, critical thinking and technology skills.
- OEF has trained 44 teachers from 19 government and private schools across Colombo and its suburbs on how to integrate technology, project learning and 21st century skills development into their curricula.
- In addition, up to 500 teachers from junior and higher secondary schools in Sri Lanka will have the opportunity to participate in teacher-training sessions on the ThinkQuest Projects environment to help their students gain vital business and technology skills.
- This partnership supports the MoE’s campaign to offer quality education that caters to the overall development of students in Sri Lanka, motivating them to continue their education.
- “The Ministry of Education aims to transform our school system into an active knowledge society with the help of global technology leaders. This goal aligns with the government’s rebuilding process, under the Mahinda Chinthana – Vision for the Future initiative, to offer quality education focused on the development of the children in Sri Lanka” said Sunil S. Sirisena, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka.
- “We are proud to work with the Oracle Education Foundation to help prepare students and teachers in Sri Lanka for 21st century careers and develop our future IT workforce,” said Anura Dissanayake, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka.
- The Oracle Education Foundation’s partnership with the Sri Lanka MoE is a testament to our commitment to building a knowledge economy in Sri Lanka. By providing students in Sri Lanka with access to ThinkQuest, we empower them to broaden their horizons and develop critical skills they need for life and work in the 21st century,” said Krishna Sistla, Senior Director, Oracle Education Initiatives, Asia Pacific and Japan.
- "ThinkQuest brings the power of technology and project learning into the classroom," said Dr Vickum Senanayake Country Manager, Oracle Sri Lanka & Maldives. “By participating in the ThinkQuest community, teachers and student learn how to prepare for 21st century careers by developing develop real-world skills and knowledge.”
About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.
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