Sri Lanka’s DP Education online platform attracts many students
The philanthropic initiative ‘DP Education’ launched by Sri Lankan billionaire businessman Dhammika Perera has attracted 500,000 students in record time and plans to offer a diploma bundling Math, English and IT in collaboration with the University of Moratuwa.
DP Education is a first-of-its-kind platform in the world on which the entire school curriculum is available for students to study online for free, the Daily FT has reported.
Considering the fact that Sri Lanka’s student population is 4.2 million, reaching half a million in less than a year is impressive and the voluntary onboarding of students can be partly attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic which has converted a large number of students to study their curriculum online, local media reports stated.
A spokesman for DP Education has noted that the planned bundled diploma offering is for students above 18 years of old.
“This diploma will enable 20,000 students annually above the age of 18 to be ready to take on jobs in the IT sector. This diploma will be made available free-of-charge to the students by DP Education,” the spokesman has stated, adding, “Innovative ways of fostering education and making it available online will definitely lead to a more educated and skilled workforce. An educated and skilled workforce is one of the key factors that investors look at when entering new markets.”
The Covid 19 pandemic has created new opportunities in Sri Lanka’s education and higher education sectors. With the country moving towards a stronger digital platform, business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors have also seen an expansion. Given that people around the world are now preparing to live in the new normal following the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic, Sri Lanka poses a host of opportunities in its education/higher education, ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors.
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