16 May 2009

World Summit Youth Award honors Shilpa Sayura Project

World Summit Youth Award honors Shilpa Sayura Project

The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) 2009 has selected Shilpa Sayura Project from Sri Lanka as Runner-Up in EDUCATION FOR ALL! Category for contributions to reduce poverty, protecting the environment, sharing knowledge, educating and empowering young people addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The contest evaluated over 600 e-Content projects from online music and TV communities to interactive gaming platforms to e-learning applications and health resources, in a three-round judging process by an international jury of 20 experts in the fields of youth engagement, new media and social entrepreneurship.

Shilpa Sayura is an ICTA e-Society Development Initiative, designed and implemented by e fusion pvt ltd in 150 Nenasala Telecenters of Sri Lanka, which won four global awards i4D, GKP, Stockholm Challenge and Diskobolos, is a fine example of local language ICT innovation for the support of the MDGs.

WSYA 2009 is organized by United Nations World Summit on the Information Society with Cyber Peace Initiative (CPI), Internet Society (ISOC), UNESCO, GAID, UNIDO and TakingITGlobal (TIG). The contest is promoted in all UN member states, UN Organizations and Agencies and NGOs committed to making a real difference in the achievement of the MDGs.

Subash Dhanajya Lead Content and Software Engineer of Shilpa Sayura speaking about the achievement says “It’s honor to meet many people like me in Mexico and exhibit Shilpa Sayura to make my country proud”

The WSYA event will be held in September 2009 in Monterrey, Mexico as a follow up activity to the World Summit on Information Society and its action plan towards the year 2015. The finalists and winners in five categories are invited for the networking and skill-sharing between award winners and WSIS delegates to open new doors to the information society. Subash Dhanjaya and Niranjan Meegammana from Shilpa Sayura project expect to take part in WSYA in Mexico in September 2009.

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Gamini Chamara
Colombo, Sri Lanka
May 22, 2009

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