Dr Nisha Arunatilake Highlights the State of Educational Technology in Sri Lanka

22 February 2024

In an insightful segment on ‘Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo,’ a digital weekly programme, Dr Nisha Arunatilake, Director of Research, IPS made her observations on the current state and potential of educational technology (Ed-tech) in Sri Lanka. She emphasised how Ed-tech can enhance access to quality education, a need that became especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Arunatilake highlighted the importance of strategically implementing Ed-tech in Sri Lanka, drawing inspiration from successful regional initiatives like OLabs in India, which aims to bridge the digital divide by offering virtual lab resources and programmes designed for children with special needs. Addressing the challenges within the Sri Lankan Ed-tech landscape, Dr Arunatilake highlighted significant obstacles like the inadequate ICT infrastructure and the need for enhancing teacher proficiency in Ed-tech. Despite these barriers, she believes that solutions exist and urged policymakers to adopt a strategic approach to leverage Ed-tech to provide quality education to all students.

Watch the full interview here.

For more insights into educational technology and its role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), join our upcoming ‘Ed-Tech towards achieving SDGs Roundtable Discussion'(27 February | 2.30 pm- 3.30 pm | Zoom).