SLT recognizes Gateway College as an EdTech Specialist School

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) signed a landmark agreement with the Gateway College network to work alongside the group of schools using them as model schools in the use of technology in education. Under the new agreement, SLT has recognised the Gateway Colleges as EdTech Specialist Schools. As the exclusive internet service provider and the distributor of Wifi within the schools, SLT will strive to usher in new technologies to the Gateway Schools and engage with Gateway in joint research.

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC is the national Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider and the leading broadband and backbone infrastructure services provider in Sri Lanka for over 162 years. SLT enables opportunities that empower Sri Lankans and elevates the country’s standing in the global arena. Being one of Sri Lanka’s most valuable blue-chip companies with market capitalisation of Rs.60 billion, SLT has been recognised amongst the ‘10 Most Admired Companies in 2020’ for its continuous efforts in empowering Sri Lankans.

Being the only Microsoft Showcase School in Sri Lanka and one among only 325 in the world, Gateway College is a self-driven organisation with a clear focus on offering ‘Education for tomorrow’. During the current pandemic, while having all 550 of their teachers deliver lessons online, the school achieved the remarkable feat of having a hundred of their teachers recognised by Microsoft as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts. Gateway College is the only International School in Sri Lanka that has direct centre status from both Edexcel and Cambridge. Gateway is also a recognized centre of NCC Education UK, LAMDA UK, ECDL Foundation, ECIS, Duke of Edinburgh International Award and the College Board USA for SATs.

Both SLT and Gateway believe that the power of change lies with educators. Through this partnership, both organisations are keen to collaborate with organisations and professionals who are passionate about their work, have true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking in technology education. The agreement will support the good work of educators through the provision of futuristic technology and ICT infrastructure that melds technology with the classroom environment, catering to students of all learning styles. This partnership between the largest telecom provider and a leader in the Private Education sector in Sri Lanka is expected to result in the establishment of a modern school that will serve as a case study to many others and pave the way for setting standards.

Mr. Rohan Fernando, Chairman/SLT presenting the ‘slt EdTech Specialist School’ plaque to Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway Group. Also present were Mr. Lalith Seneviratne , Group CEO/SLT, Mr. Kiththi Perera , CEO/SLT, Mr. Janaka Abeysinghe, Chief Enterprise & Wholesale Officer/SLT, Mr. Ramantha Alles, Director Gateway, Principals and Team Leaders of Gateway College and the senior management of SLT.

Exchange of Partner Contracts between Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman Gateway Group and Mr. Kiththi Perera, CEO, SLT.

Gateway College prepares for the new Hybrid model with Interactive Displays in Classrooms

With the adoption of the new Hybrid system, Gateway will move to a new mode of teaching and learning, based more on the student centered technology-based approach that has been taking root in the school in the recent past. At the heart of this approach is the latest technology that connects the classroom to the whole-school community and the wider world, through digital equipment that supports quality learning and teaching.

High quality interactive displays in the classrooms will create learning experiences that are immersive and interactive to optimize learning and increase student engagement. Gateway believes that the multi-touch capabilities that interactive displays offer will also result in more students getting around the panel to learn together, work easily in pairs, share their work with the class and collaboratively edit writing or design work.

With access to powerful digital learning tools and resources that will be supported by superior connectivity from Sri Lanka Telecom, Gateway students can look forward to an exciting 2021.

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