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 revolutionization of the digital landscape is reshaping the lives of mankind and changing the world as we know it. In order to keep up with this fast-paced digital world, one must equip themselves with the knowledge and skills in the field of computer programming. In doing so, ‘coding’ plays a pivotal role, especially in terms of preparing the next generation to thrive in this dynamic virtual world. The Foundation of Goodness is already a step ahead in this mammoth task of introducing the digital landscape to children across Sri Lanka through the FoG IT Programmes delivered via the IT Centre at the Centre of Excellence in Seenigama and every VHE Centre across the island which bring Information Technology tot he fingertips of rural students and youth through a variety of courses including ‘Introduction to IT’, ‘Webdesign’, ‘Graphic Design’ and a plethora of other programmes, the newest of which is our Coding Club, made possible with the sponsorship and technical support from businessman Dhammika Perera.
The very first Coding Club of the Foundation of Goodness is now up and running at the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama. As of today (12th Jan.), there are 60 students who have already registered with the Coding Club, taking up lessons on coding. Coding Clubs help students to develop programming skills and acquire digital literacy, inspiring them to pursue much-coveted programming and digital careers.
The exposure of children to the digital landscape should not be limited to developed and urban areas where there is better access to electronic devices and network coverage. It is crucially important that rural children from disadvantaged communities too have access to such advanced learning opportunities. The Foundation of Goodness aspires to bridge this gap and equip children from rural Sri Lanka with the necessary skill set to take on the challenging digital market.
The future is no longer tomorrow, it was probably yesterday!