Matara Technical College Computer Lab Refurbishment Project

 



Matara Technical College is one of the main public vocational training institutes in Sri Lanka. Approximately 180 students from 12 different courses receive training to join the future Sri Lankan workforce. It also serves a vital role as a center for Information Technology and Computer (ITC) education for the majority of its students, and it is the one and only center where they can learn ITC despite having a low income.

However, the school's educational environment had insufficient equipment and outdated systems to carry out the mission to train Sri Lanka’s future engineers. The TC’s computer lab was equipped with few, outdated, low-quality computers. The school’s internet connection had long gone out of order, and the safety conditions at the lab were in a poor condition.

To improve the school’s educational environment, 14 used computers were donated by the Korean Ministry of Labor and 22 new computers by KOICA. The network connection was rearranged and reinforced to provide better internet connectivity, and broken chairs and desks were fixed and replaced with new furniture to solve safety issues. Disorganized wires were reorganized into cases for improved maintenance and safety.

In addition, the project site was divided in two compartments to provide optimized energy savings. A student lounge was created for students who wanted to use computers after classes, and new lecture spaces were constructed.

To draw participation and generate ownership from beneficiaries, much of the work could be done with the help of staff and students at the Technical College. Furthermore, many of the previous resources were refurnished and reused to maximize the budget allocation and to address further environmental concerns.