The Nenasa TV has come to another mile stone in distance learning methodology with the launch of two channels covering the national curricula of Grade 10 and Grade 11 on 6th November 2013. The “Nenasa – 2” Educational Television Channel was launched in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Tangalle Ruhunu Wijayaba National School.
Nenasa TV is currently beamed to 2,000 schools across the country, consisting of underprivileged schools in rural Sri Lanka and 1,000 ‘Mahindodaya’ schools. Under this new phase, Nenasa TV will broadcast a high quality edition of the national education curriculum for Ordinary Level (Grades 10 and 11) developed by Dharmavahini along with content produced and approved by the National Institute of Education under the direction of the Ministry of Education.
‘Nenasa’ TV was launched in the year 2009 under the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ as a Distance Learning method focused on less privileged children in rural areas of the country. This digital satellite television-based Distance Learning Network architected by the Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education and Dialog Axiata as a joint project. The state-of-the-art education program was developed to address the disparity of access to knowledge between urban and rural Sri Lanka through information communication technology. Lessons conducted in a recording studio at the National Institute of Education (NIE) were supplemented by the Learning Management System (LMS; Accessible to students from the login on to www.nenasa,lk site) through which the interactive element facilitate. Exclusive content broadcast via a dedicated channel on Dialog Satellite TV to schools connected to the network.
The main objective of the project was;
- Enabling access to high quality teaching resources, for rural students
- Assist in improving level of education in the country
- Promoting multi-sensory learning that is proven to be more effective
- Introducing rural students to modern technology and its possibilities
At the inception in 2009, Dialog Telekom provided 900 Televisions & 100 projectors with 1000 Dialog TV units free to selected schools. A Broadband data connection between NIE & the DTV studio and Salaries of 4 staff members for the initiative also funded by the company as well. The Learning Management System (LMS) available on this web site was created by the Dialog – University of Moratuwa Mobile Communications Research Laboratory. The Ministry of Education appoints the representatives from NIE for the Review Committee/ Advisory Board to approve content and maintain systems to gather feedback & carry out necessary evaluations of the progress of the Nenasa programme. The Ministry is responsible in co-ordinating with teachers or other parties in respect of content production and development. The NIE operates and maintains the Content Development Studio including management of the content to be used in the Nenasa programme. The deployment of adequate staff for the operation and management of the project also falls under NIE purview.
Nenasa is a gift from Dialog to the Ministry of Education as a responsible corporate citizen and aims to uplift the quality of educational content and access to knowledge in Sri Lanka. The programme also depics the success of harnessing the potential of technology in bridging geographic and socioeconomic divides within Sri Lanka.
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