Published on: March 19, 2024

Ministry of Education Partners with Microsoft to Introduce Artificial Intelligence into School Education

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Education and Microsoft Company at the Presidential Secretariat today (19), marking the commencement of a pilot project to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the school curriculum. This initiative will offer students above grade 8 the opportunity to delve into AI within the realm of Information Technology.

The pilot project is slated to be rolled out in 20 selected schools across 20 districts, with a commitment to provide conducive classrooms and necessary technical equipment. A dedicated team from Microsoft will extend support to facilitate online educational activities.

Prior to the signing, President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in discussions with Microsoft representatives at the President’s Office. The representatives assured the President of their unwavering support towards incorporating AI into the educational framework.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Puneet Chandok, President of Microsoft’s India and South Asia region, expressed gratitude for President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership in spearheading Sri Lanka’s advancement through the integration of new technologies, particularly artificial intelligence.

Education Minister Susil Premjayanth disclosed that the program aims for full implementation by 2025.

In attendance at the event was Mrs. Julie Chung, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, who highlighted the significant opportunity this initiative presents for the Sri Lankan people, urging all to seize it to its fullest potential.

Mrs. Julie Chung also noted the forthcoming support from volunteer groups aimed at enhancing the English language skills of Sri Lankan citizens and schoolchildren.

Among the distinguished guests who attended the event were Minister of State for Technology Kanaka Herath, Senior Adviser to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff to the President Sagala Ratnayaka, Secretary of the Ministry of Education Wasantha Perera, Secretary of the Ministry of Technology Dharmasiri Kumaratunga, as well as senior officials from Microsoft. Representatives from various educational institutions including D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo, and students, teachers, and principals from Muslim Ladies College, Pussellawa Hindu National School, and Tangalle Girls’ College were also present at the event.

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