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A school in Nikaweratiya in the Kurunegala District is the latest recipient of a fully-equipped IT Laboratory from the CSR Trust of Commercial Bank of Ceylon, under the Bank’s nationally-scaled IT education programme.
The 140th IT Lab donated by the Bank to date, the new IT Lab was formally declared open by Commercial Bank Managing Director and CEO Mr Ravi Dias at the Mahamithawa Junior School, Nikaweratiya, a mixed school with 200 students.
All computer laboratories donated by Commercial Bank’s CSR Trust are equipped with brand new computers with licensed software. The schools are also provided accessories such as computer tables, printers and chairs, and the Bank provides assistance to maintain and upgrade these computer labs when necessary to ensure that the facilities benefit many batches of students.
The Bank has also commenced the second phase of its IT education programme by implementing an on line learning programme via the IT laboratories donated by the Bank.
Commercial Bank contributes a percentage of its post tax profits annually to its CSR Trust, established in 2004 with a start up capital of Rs 25 million. The Bank defines the overall goal of its CSR policy as ‘to generate measurable and sustainable social dividends for different segments of society, in particular those which require empowerment and enrichment’.
Other initiatives of Commercial Bank’s CSR Trust include presenting scholarships and laptops to undergraduates, providing English education to rural school children, supporting healthcare projects around the country, supporting facilities for war heroes, and funding projects for the preservation of culture and heritage.
Pictured here are Commercial Bank Managing Director/CEO Mr Ravi Dias and other representatives of the Bank at the opening of the new IT Lab.