The Foundation of Goodness is a holistic rural development model that seeks to bridge the urban-rural divide in Sri Lanka via 10 empowerment divisions across 900+ villages island-wide, and reached over 307,000+ beneficiaries in 2022 alone by way of 15 Empowerment Centres, free of cost.
The powerful words by American Human Rights Activist Malcolm X rings true in the efforts of Vanni Hope and the Nalliah Education Trust (USA) to develop smart classrooms in rural schools in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Foundation of Goodness (FoG).
In many remote areas of Sri Lanka, access to quality education has been a challenge for disadvantaged communities. Lack of resources and infrastructure often hindered students’ ability to learn and excel in their studies. However, the Smart Classroom initiative by Vanni Hope and the Nalliah Education Trust (USA) in collaboration with the Foundation of Goodness is changing the landscape of education in rural Sri Lanka.
Through this collaborative effort, the Foundation of Goodness and Vanni Hope, together with the Nalliah Education Trust (USA) have developed 18 smart classrooms in rural schools across districts such as Trincomalee, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Kegalle, Ratnapura, and Anuradhapura as well as the FoG Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres in Mathgal (Jaffna), Hatton (Nuwara Eliya) and the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama (Galle), benefiting thousands of students from disadvantaged communities. In addition to the aforementioned smart classes, another smart board most generously donated by Vanni Hope and the Nalliah Education Trust (USA), has been set up at the FoG Impact Centre in Colombo, enabling smooth operations of our humanitarian and empowerment work across the country.
|Smart Classrooms by Vanni Hope | Nalliah Education Trust (USA) | Foundation of Goodness|
|No.||School / FoG Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre||District||DS Division / Village||Number of Beneficiaries|
|1||T/T/Sally Ammal Ambal Maha Vidayalayam||Trincomalee||Trincomalee T&G||320|
|2||BD/Springvelly Tamil Maha Vidyalayam||Badulla||Namunugalla||300|
|3||BD/Gampaha Tamil Maha Vidyalayam||Badulla||Udapussallawa||580|
|4||N/Agraoya Tamil Vidyalayam||Nuwara Eliya||Hatton||320|
|5||G/ Bodiraja Maha Vidyalaya||Galle||Ambalanogoda||300|
|6||G/Sri Devananda College||Galle||Ambalanogoda||3,113|
|7||G/ Vimalabuddhi Maha Vidyalaya||Galle||Hikkaduwa||362|
|8||KG/ St Mary’s Tamil Maha Vidyalayam||Kegalle||Kegalle||395|
|9||R/ Opata No 01 Tamil Vidyalayam||Ratanapura||Kahawatta||205|
|10||N/ Court Lodge Tamil Vidyalayam||Nuwara Eliya||Kandapola||290|
|11||KG/ Kelani Tamil Vidyalayam||Kegalle||Yatiyanthotta||395|
|16||Hatton Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre||Nuwara Eliya||Hatton||1,080|
|17||Mathagal Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre||Jaffna||Mathagal||642|
|18||OYOB Centre of Excellence||Galle||Seenigama||6,109|
|19||Foundation of Goodness Impact Centre||Colombo||Malalasekara Mawatha||–|
Smart classrooms and smart boards established by the Foundation of Goodness, in collaboration with Vanni Hope and Nalliah Education Trust (USA) in 2023.
Vanni Hope and the Nalliah Education Trust (USA) not only provided generous support to establish state-of-the-art smart classrooms, but also extended their generosity by donating laptops to selected schools and VHE Centres to streamline the operations of the smart boards. Mr. Ranjan Sivagnanasundaram, Director and Founder of Vani Hope, along with Dr. Bala Nalliah of the Nalliah Education Trust (USA), generously donated three laptops each to the Mathagal and Hatton VHE Centres, as well as the Bodhiraja Maha Vidyalaya in Hikkaduwa.
The impact of these smart classrooms has been nothing short of transformative. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, these classrooms provide students with a holistic education that goes beyond traditional teaching methods. Smart boards, computers, and interactive learning tools create an immersive learning environment, where students can explore the world of technology, learn at their own pace, and develop essential digital skills that are crucial in today’s fast-paced world.
The benefits of these smart classrooms extend beyond academic learning. They also provide access to a world of information and resources that were previously inaccessible to these rural communities. Students can now learn about different cultures, explore diverse subjects, and broaden their horizons through virtual learning platforms. This not only enhances their academic knowledge but also fosters a sense of curiosity, creativity, and global awareness, which are crucial in preparing the next generation to think right and act smart. Furthermore, these smart classrooms have become hubs for innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to think critically, solve problems, and collaborate with their peers. Teachers are equipped with modern tools that facilitate interactive and engaging lessons, tailored to the needs of their students. The learning process has become dynamic, inclusive, and empowering, providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the 21st century.
The impact of the Smart Classroom initiative goes beyond the classroom walls. It has also contributed to the North-South reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, promoting unity and inclusivity among different communities. By providing equal opportunities for education to students from all backgrounds, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status, the initiative promotes peace, understanding, and harmony among diverse communities, as Vanni Hope from the North is on a mission to empower the rural students from the South and across Sri Lanka with access to advanced technology in terms of education.
Together with Vanni Hope and the Nalliah Education Trust (USA), we have been unwavering in our commitment to empowering rural communities in Sri Lanka through education. Our collaborative efforts have paved the way for a brighter future for thousands of students who now have access to quality education and opportunities that were once beyond their reach.
As we move towards a more digital and interconnected world, the importance of smart classrooms in rural areas cannot be overstated. They are not just classrooms with technology; they are gateways to a world of knowledge, opportunities, and empowerment. With the support of Vanni Hope, the Nalliah Education Trust (USA), and the Foundation of Goodness, the future looks promising for these disadvantaged communities in Sri Lanka, as they prepare themselves to thrive in the ever-evolving world of education and beyond.