The Faculty of Applied Sciences of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka organizes a workshop for GCE Advanced Level students for schools of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts with the aim of elevating the standards of advanced Level education in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. This workshop specifically focuses on laboratory component of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT and newly- introduced technology streams that students must master. The laboratories of the Faculty of Applied Sciences will be opened for these students on June 23 to25 to learn and familiarize with the practical experiments and equipments in the syllabus under the supervision of university lecturers and students.
The faculty of Applied Sciences of Rajarata University has identified the difficulties faced by school teachers, and students in these rural districts and first initiated this workshop as a small project in 2007. Since then, this workshop has become a main community event of the university. According to the organizing committee, more than 2000 students entered university laboratories during 2014 workshop, and learnt essential laboratory skills and got firsthand experience on experiments and equipmentsas well as seeing biological specimen. With the introduction of technology stream, the numbers expected to increase in this year.
This lead taken by the Applied Sciences faculty of Rajarata University, to improve skills and capacities of schoolchildren, emphasizes that local universities can play a vital role in the development of the respective communities. Schools in rural regions such as North Central Province need resources and guidance to improve their capacity, especially in the areas of Science and Technology. With an Applied Science Faculty and an ICT program, Rajarata University can be an ideal knowledge hub for the schools in the region. The Faculty of Applied Sciences of Rajarata University has understood this community responsibility and come forward to organize this important workshop.