The eLNP's centers, known as Nenasalas (wisdom outlets), have helped
The majority of the Nenasalas are located within religious institutions, which have served as community centers and places of learning for centuries. This strategy has helped the government earn the confidence and trust of
"The Sri Lankan government believes that free and easy access to computers and the Internet is essential to helping the most vulnerable people improve their lives through education, entrepreneurship, communication, government services, and more," said Reshan Dewapura, CEO of ICTA. "And by placing our Nenasalas in religious establishments that sit at the heart of every village, community members are more apt to use them, embrace them, and sustain them over the long run."
In addition to access, the centers provide training to help people acquire basic computer and Internet skills, and to communicate through email and social media platforms. Local youth often become volunteer computer trainers at the Nenasalas and are given basic training at the beginning of their service as well as refresher courses, online training programs, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
"Without a doubt, the e-Library Nenasala Program is making a real and lasting impact on the lives of poor rural residents throughout
Nenasalas also provide extensive learning opportunities for school-age children, including a video-based program for learning English. Women are given specialized content on critical issues facing children and families, including information on nutrition, breast-feeding, safe sanitation, and vaccines. Adults can perform job searches, learn how to create a resume, and access a wide variety of government services, including passport applications, driver's license renewals, and government exams. Migrant workers who make up a significant portion of the Sri Lankan workforce can communicate via
eLNP is a project of the
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