Three Korean volunteers of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have successfully completed three small scaled projects in the Sri Lankan respective organisations in the end of April.
The projects are titled, ‘IT education environment improvement for Jaffna CoT (Center of Technology)’, ‘Korean language classroom facilities improvement for Ampara CoT’ and ‘Taekwondo gymnasium establishment in South Eastern University in Oluvil’. In Jaffna CoT, KOICA provided a total of $ 50,000 in order to help college’s IT department development and efficient learning for students.
The ceremony was organised at Jaffna CoT on 26 April to mark successful completion of the project which aims at improving IT education environment that actively responds to and aligns with changes in the market demand.
KOICA has been partnering with Jaffna CoT for more than 15 years. In 2007, KOICA supported $ 2.5 million as a grant aid for upgrading facility and equipment of the CoT and dispatching many volunteers in computer education, Korean language, electrics, etc.
The official hand-over was made by KOICA Sri Lanka office Country Director Lee Dong ku to Jaffna CoT Director Dr. Muhunthan, with about 100 guests.
Also, there was opening ceremony of Taekwondo gymnasium at South Eastern University of Sri Lanka on 4 May with participation of Dr. M.M.M. NAJIM, Vice-Chancellor, and over 100 staff and community members. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterised by its emphasis on a variety of values such as Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control, Indomitable and sporting techniques.
On the same date, exemplary Korean language classroom was opened at the Hardy CoT in Ampara with aim to improve studying environment for the students who want to go for employment in Korea.
It is important to assist Sri Lanka in capacity building of human resources development among others in order to cope with ‘Creating 1 million jobs’ campaign of Government of Sri Lanka for the economic and industrial development.
KOICA’s volunteer program is one of the main programs to contribute to socio-economic development of the partner countries at the grass-root level.
80 Korean volunteers are rendering voluntary services throughout the island in various fields such as Korean language, computer education, social welfare, etc as per the need of expertise, knowledge and experience.