Nenasa Smart Schools

With the objective of achieving uniformly high standards of education available to students across the island, while supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely Goal number 4 - access to quality education, Dialog Axiata PLC runs a range of educational services and platforms under the Nenasa initiative: Nenasa TV, Nenasa Smart Schools, Nenasa App and the Nenasa 1377 distance-learning helpline. The Nenasa initiative aims to ensure access and equal opportunity to a quality education for all Sri Lankan students.

The Nenasa Smart School initiative, funded by the Dialog Foundation, commenced in 2017 with the aim to digitally transform students’ educational experience. This project has to date onboarded and transformed 153 schools into Smart Schools from the Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. This initiative is executed by Headstart (Pvt.) Ltd. (an associate company of Dialog) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

The programme takes a teacher-first approach to the digital transformation. At the outset, trainings are conducted at the respective schools where a few selected teachers are trained in a train-the trainer model, to be ambassador teachers catalysing the transformation process within their schools by training their fellow staff members. Teachers are required to share their knowledge and guide students and colleagues to achieve ‘Smart School KPIs’ set out in a consultative process.

The first phase of the project, which commenced in November 2017, saw the successful transformation of 100 schools. Following the transformation all schools are further supported through a follow-up programme, frequent visits and reviews.

The second phase of the project resulted in the successful transformation of an additional 53 schools at the same time as maintenance and follow ups of the initial 100 schools took place.

To evaluate the progress achieved by these Ambassadors, their peers and the schools overall, and to recognize and reward exceptional performances, the Nenasa Smart School Awards 2019 was organized. After preliminary round presentations in four categories, namely Smart Teacher, Smart Content, Smart Ambassador and Smart School, finalists were selected by panels consisting of officials from Dialog Axiata PLC and the respective Provincial Departments of Education. The Grand Finale of the competition was hosted on 1st February 2020 at Dialog Axiata PLC’s Auditorium in Colombo. 

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