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The CSR Trust of the Commercial Bank plans to launch a website named “Sipnena” with a view to provide useful educational web links and online education to the students who use the IT Labs donated by the Bank. The pilot project will be carried out at 10 schools where the internet connection and the networking facility are available. The “Sipnena” website will be hosted in the Microsoft Cloud and the Colombo University will provide the required web links.
The focal point of Commercial Bank’s CSR Trust is Social Empowerment through education, which is also advocated as a priority area in the development road map of Sri Lanka. The Bank allocates 70% of its trust funds for education and its flagship project of donating IT Laboratories to schools has todate completed donating 160 labs to schools across Sri Lanka benefitting 160,000 children. Commercial Bank commenced the 2nd phase of its IT Education Programme by implementing an online learning project via the IT Labs it has donated. The Third Year undergraduates of the Science Faculty of Colombo University conduct this programme as a part of where service learning project. More than 50,000 children from 50 schools have been covered under this online education programme.