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Sri Lankans get an opportunity to learn via a digital education platform

June 14, Colombo (LNW): Sri Lankans have been given an opportunity to learn from home selecting free of charge courses offered by world’s leading universities via a digital education platform. ‘publiclearn.lk’.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe launched this digital education platform titled publiclearn.lk today at the Presidential Secretariat, making it easier for Sri Lankans to find free courses and achieve their education and professional goals via digital means.

Public Learn is a one-stop shop signposting users to free courses from some of the world’s leading universities. 

The platform has been put together by Regent Global. Regent Global’s joint CEOs Tharshiny Pankaj and Dr. Selva Pankaj, as a CSR initiative for the group. 

“The vision and philosophy of a country is shaped by its education system. An outdated education system creates a society that cannot keep pace with the modern world. 

A policy formulated as a result of wide public representation cannot be changed in the event of a change of government and this private sector initiative is to sustainunder any regime as it has no involvement of the government. .

Its primary objectives include encouraging the development of general and professional competences, fostering lifelong learning habits in society, and providing access to public funding for individuals seeking to learn. 

Learners will have their own individual accounts on the platform and will be able to access funding for training in the nationally prioritised areas. 

It will improve adult literacy, multilingualism, maths, engineering, learning to learn, and other competences. Upon completion of the training, participants will recieve digital certification.  

 Both Selva and Tharsiny the creayors of the ‘publiclearn.lk’ platform were born in Sri Lanka and spent their early years in the country before leaving for the UK durig the civil war. 

Public Learn democratises learning by inducting hundreds, if not thousands, of formal outside-in education courses on almost any subject.

Outside-in education is the process of acquiring new knowledge. Public Learn also gives Sri Lankans access to several courses that offer inside-out education. Inside-out education is about growing as a person; developing the character, attitude and mind-set needed to succeed in life. 

State for Education UK Former Secretary Sir Gavin Alexander Williamson CBE is an advisor to this initiative.  The developer is keen to promote the platform for the private sector employees to be used for CPD and educational interventions.

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