Country Node for L3 Farmers Project, Sri Lanka
The Objectives of L3 Farmers Project
|Following are the objectives of Lifelong Learning for Farmers project.
- Mobilise and enable the farmers to define their own needs.
- Link Farmers with all who are relevant to their needs, including educators, researchers, extension workers, financial services providers, and market professionals.
|Commonwealth of Learning's L3 Farmers programme helps rural communities find appropriate technology-based open and distance education to improve their livelihoods.
The programme is a response to a critical need: the wealth of information resulting from agricultural research and development often fails to travel the last mile to the villages of the developing world where it is most needed. While governments face challenges in funding adequate agricultural extension, globalisation is creating increasing competition for poor rural farmers.
Lifelong Learning for Farmers was introduced as a pilot project in four villages in southern India in 2004. Following the success of Lifelong Learning for Farmers in two rural areas in South India, COL launched the programme in Sri Lanka. The official launch, held in Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka in April 2007, was attended by the Honourable Chamal Rajapakse, Sri Lanka's Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, several senior representatives from government, universities and financial institutions, and 35 rural farmers. The programme is also being adapted and introduced in Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius and Papua New Guinea.
The programme involves four key partners:
2) Learning institutions
3) Information and communications technologies (ICT) kiosks and
|Content Development Workshop Colombo-2008
COL in Association with Sri Lanka Association of Distance Educators has organized a Content Development Workshop on Open (Agricultural) Education Resources (as part of L3 Farmers Project) at Colombo, Sri Lanka from 31/03/2008 to 03/04/2008 for the University Partners. Delegates from University of Jaffna, Open University of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, and University of Ruhuna have attended the workshop. Under the guidance of Dr. Krishna Alluri (Education Specialist, COL) and Prof. (Mrs). Uma Coomaraswamy (COL Consultant for L3 Farmers Project, Sri Lanka) Wiki Educators from India Mr. Raji N.R and Mr. P. Anil Prasad have facilitated the workshop. As part of the workshop each of the University teams has prepared an interactive lesson on WikiEducator.
For further details of the Workshop please visit: Content Development Workshop Colombo-2008
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