The John Keells Foundation (JKF) launched the John Keells Praja Shakthi Digital Learning Initiative Pilot Project on November 11, 2021 in Ranala. As a medium-term response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project aims to facilitate online learning for underprivileged schoolchildren preparing for public exams amid the pandemic and to mitigate increasing inequalities in the access to educational opportunities.
The pilot project involves the distribution of a total of 100 Samsung A8 tabs and data packages to selected O’Level and A’Level students at the John Keells Praja Shakthi locations in Colombo 2 and Ranala for the duration of the study program. respective. JKF is partnered in this initiative by Deutsche Bank as co-founder and John Keells Office Automation (JKOA) and Dialog Axiata PLC as providers of devices and data packages respectively at preferential rates. Elephant House was the logistics partner of the Ranala event.
During the single event held at the Elephant House Factory in Ranala in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, 50 tabs were distributed to selected O’Level students from four public schools, namely Dedigamuwa KV, Dewamitta MV, Munidasa Kumarathunga Vidyalaya and Philip Thilakawardhane MV
Addressing the assembly, JKF Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Carmeline Jayasuriya said: “The John Keells Foundation has decided to launch this project taking into account the many difficulties faced by schoolchildren, especially during the years of exam, to continue their education amid the pandemic, including school closings. and the challenges of accessing online education due to the affordability of devices and data. We are delighted to be associated with responsible companies such as Deutsche Bank, JKOA and Dialog Axiata in this pilot initiative. While we all see this as an investment in the education of our young people, we firmly hope that you, the beneficiary students, will maximize this opportunity to continue your educational efforts in a responsible manner.
The event was also graced by Chathura Mihidum, Division Secretary, Kaduwela, Ms. Anuradha Samarakoon, Division Education Director, Ranala, Daminda Gamlath, John Keells Group President – Consumer Foods, Sanjeewa Jayasundara, CCS ‘Head of Operations – Supply Chain, Pasan Jayasinghe – Vice-president Deutsche Bank and Harsha De Zoysa – Senior Sector Manager, Large Enterprise, Dialog Axiata PLC.
The distribution to Colombo students took place on November 22 at Cinnamon Grand, the event’s logistics partner.
The project is designed in such a way that the tabs are grouped together after the end of the beneficiaries’ course of study for the benefit of another cohort of deserving students. To ensure proper use of the device and improve the impact of this intervention, JKF will monitor students’ educational progress through school principals as well as backend mechanisms.
John Keells Praja Shakthi is a sustainable community empowerment project launched by JKF in and around the John Keells Group business locations through strategic interventions. The multi-stakeholder collaboration on the new project is a testament to the strength of partnerships in empowering communities through sustainable initiatives.
Education is one of the six focus areas of the John Keells Foundation – the CSR entity of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), a Colombo Stock Exchange listed company that operates more than 70 companies in 7 industry sectors. various. With a history of over 150 years, the John Keells Group employs over 14,000 people and has been ranked as Sri Lanka’s “Most Respected Entity” for the past 16 years by LMD magazine. While being a full member of the World Economic Forum and participating in the United Nations Global Compact, JKH leads its CSR vision of “Empowering the Nation for Tomorrow” through the John Keells Foundation and through the social entrepreneurship initiative,
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