Monday, February 19, 2007

Computer/Training Centre Opening

Monday, February 19, 2007
AKKARAIPATTU – A major and state-of-the-art computer and training centre for the Akkaraipattu area was officially opened today by Hon. Ferial Ashraff, Minister of Housing & Common Amenities, officials from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and by CASP. On hand was a large number of dignitaries, plus many new members of the CASP Computer and Training Centre. In fact, more than 500 area residents of all ages have already signed up to use the computer and training facility.

The project has been planned and implemented, and is being managed, by the Canadian Agro Sustainability Partnership Inc. (CASP) as a CASP Demonstration Project under the Ampara District Master Plan. The facility contains 20 new computers and support equipment, plus high speed Internet access to instantly link computer users to the world. The facility can be used by local residents simply wishing to access the Internet for their own personal reasons or can be used as a training venue to upgrade computer skills of school leavers, public and private sector officials, and others in need of enhanced computer expertise. The facility also houses a separate large training room and other break-out rooms that can be used for English language training and/or for seminars or workshops in agriculture and many other sectors.

Minister Ashraff and the Ministerial Task Force have responsibility within the Government of Sri Lanka for CASP’s preparation of the Ampara District Master Plan. CASP’s activities under the Master Plan are funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Master Plan includes all sectors of socio-economic development in Sri Lanka and is to provide a way forward for the next 15-20 years. It encompasses tsunami reconstruction, conflict reconstruction, and socio-economic opportunities for the District.

The CASP Computer and Training Centre is expected to make a major contribution to the upgrading of computer and other skills needed by Akkaraipattu area residents for employment, communications, and other information purposes. It will enhance livelihoods opportunities for the community and serve as an excellent Demonstration Project, which can be replicated in other centres of Ampara District.