By: Isuru Parakrama
Colombo (LNW): The 15th branch of “DP Coding School” and “DP Coding and Robotics Campus”, subsidiaries of “DP Education”, was opened in Nuwara Eliya on March 25 by Dhammika Perera, Co-Founder of DP Education, as part of a pilot project undertaken by the free education platform introduced by the Dhammika and Priscilla Perera Foundation.
During the last five months, free education centres of this kind were established in 14 places across Sri Lanka, namely, Kataragama, Sella Kataragama, Tissamaharama, Debarawewa, Ambalantota, Baddegama, Galle, Aheliyagoda, Anuradhapura, Welikanda, Dambana, Haputale, Mullativu and Arugambe.
The 15th branch of the “DP Coding School” and “DP Coding and Robotics Campus” was established in Sri Seethawanarama Temple, Badulla Road, Katuwana, Nuwara Eliya.
Growing the network aiming free education of computer language and robotics for the children of Sri Lanka, these branches will spread into all 331 divisional secretariats within the next three years, enrolling 500 students per centre and covering a cadre of 165,000 students islandwide, Perera told LNW.
7,000 computers will be installed across these branches of “DP Coding School” and “DP Coding and Robotics Campuses”, making it possible for underprivileged children in Sri Lanka to access free computer language courses within their constituencies, he emphasised.
He revealed that four robots will also be installed in every branch of “DP Coding and Robotics Campus” for the education of the children.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s largest “Robotics Lab” is currently under development in Homagama, Colombo, and Perera added that he intends to provide free robotics courses to anyone interested in the field, including university students.