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B. OTHER FACILITIES

B.1 ICT CENTER

Given the fact that school is still located within the high security zone and has limited access, and also because of the fact that school has a fully equipped computer lab within the premises, the intention to set up a separate ICT centre out side the school premises has been dropped.

As far as the adequacy of IT support is concerned, we sent an IT Professional from Colombo to study the IT situation in the school and suggest areas of improvement. Then we facilitated a member of the Sydney Branch who visited the school and installed around 25 computers for the benefit of the students in the lower form as a self learning centre. Currently the IT support seems adequate from the teacher point of view but the school would prefer to have about 20 chairs for use of one lab.

1. Internet Café consisting of 5 or 6 PC’s with Internet connections
2. Telephones for IDD and local. We will have a minimum activity of this type since its not our intention to run a Telecommunication service, but the facility would be made available as part of the Information Center.
3. An Information Kiosk providing details of available e-services
4. Citizen services of e-government type: Passport Forms, Birth Certificates etc.
5. A Computer Lab for IT Training with at least 20 Computers and other aides such as printers, servers etc.
6. Any other activity considered necessary to run such a center

Land- has already been purchased in Feb 2003, 3 lachams, opposite the school, on funds advanced by Colombo, and Australia (New South Wales and Victoria), costing Rs. 300,000/=

Construction- Need an Architect’s plan/design for the building to estimate the costs.

Equipment & Fittings- Estimated at Rs. 1 Million Have made a request to the E- Government Agency, to fund this cost, if this fails we need to find a sponsor.

Need:

SHORT TERM
1. A volunteer, preferably an Architect to design the building, or some one to sponsor the outsourcing cost of approx. Rs.150, 000.

2. In the event, our application to the government is unsuccessful or drags too long, then a sponsor to fund the equipment costing Rs. 1 Million.

Current status:

Given the fact that school is still located within the high security zone and has limited access, and also because of the fact that school has a fully equipped computer lab within the premises, the intention to set up a separate ICT centre out side the school premises has been dropped. 

As far as the adequacy of IT support is concerned, we sent an IT Professional from Colombo to study the IT situation in the school and suggest areas of improvement. Then we facilitated a member of the Sydney Branch who visited the school and installed around 25 computers for the benefit of the students in the lower form as a self learning centre. Currently the IT support seems adequate from the teacher point of view but the school would prefer to have about 20 chairs for use of one lab.


B.2 SPORTS

To build a proper Sports Infrastructure, consisting of the following:

1. Visitor/ Spectator Covered Stand to house 500 persons
2. Changing Rooms for Home Team and Visiting team
3. Kitchen and Canteen and/or Dining Hall
4. Sports Material Room
5. Toilets
6. Basketball Courts
7. Gymnasium
8. Equipment & Material
9. Appointment of Sports Manager and coaches.
10. Structure for any other sporting activity which could be introduced

Land- Enough room available at the present grounds, to house theses activities and a property close to the grounds has been already purchased for Rs.350, 000, by the kind courtesy of London branch, to house the sporting material, however this building is still occupied by the forces. If and when made available to us this needs renovation, which will cost around Rs. 150,000

However the grounds, falls under the High Security Zone, and there is a presence of Armed forces there, which makes it impossible for any development at this point of time.Rs.

Construction- we estimate the costs as follows:
Rs.
Visitor/ Spectator Covered Stand for 500 persons
6,000,000
Changing Rooms, Kitchen, Dining Hall etc
3,000,000
Basketball courts
  500,000

Gymnasium

1,500,000

Equipment & Material- Annual Expenditure in the region of Rs.300, 000, part of which is provided by the branches. We are ascertaining the amounts provided by the branches and material which could be obtained from the Sports Ministry and then inform of any shortfall if there is one.

Sports Manager/ Coaches- to have an effective strategy to rebuild our sports profile, we need long term commitment of hired staff, as such we suggest that we commit now for the 5year cost of these personnel, so that every one knows that sufficient funds are in the system to carry through the 5 year plan. The cost is approx. Rs.1 Million for 5 years

Need:

SHORT TERM
1. To assist the Principal in lobbying with the Armed Forces and the Government to consider the school and grounds, as not part of High Security Zones.
2. Sponsor to fund the renovation cost of Materials room approx. Rs.150, 000.
3. Sponsor for 5-year commitment for hire of Sports Manager and Coaches. Rs.1 Million

4. Sponsor for shortfall of Sports material & equipment- To be advised.

MEDIUM TERM
1. Sponsor for construction cost of

Spectator Visitor Stand – Rs.6 Million
Changing rooms, Kitchen etc –Rs.3 Million
Gymnasium – Rs.1.5 million
Basketball courts- Rs. 0.5 million

Current status:

Given the fact that free access is still not available to the grounds, all plans for major infrastructure within the grounds have been shelved until further notice. The only asset purchased so far, a house and property adjoining the grounds to be used as a sports utility centre is being made available on a very restricted basis. SDC, the NGO has agreed to the construction of a Sports Centre in the grounds, which will house 2 rooms and 2 toilets and used mainly for changing etc.

The annual recurrent expenditure for 2006 is in the region of Rs.600,000, with recurrent expenditure running at around Rs.480,000 and the equipment and material costing around Rs.120,000. Please click here for detailed budget Whilst the funds held by Canada Branch for sports activities would pay for around Rs.50,000, the Colombo branch and some of the office bearers there have come forward to meet the balance of Rs.250,000, which still leaves a shortfall of Rs.180,000 for recurrent expenditure. However we believe this expenditure could be significantly reduced with availability of a bus for transport and some careful cost control measures. As far as  the equipment and material replacement , we will seek help from government agencies to source these items. Recently we assisted by obtaining from branches the necessary funds to buy new Jersey’s  for the PT Squad and to pay for the travelling cost for provincial and national event . They came 2nd in the Provincial meet and 4th in the National event.


B.3 LIBRARY

To upgrade the Library to be one of the best in the region

Premises- NECORD an NGO has agreed to fund the construction cost of Rs.3 Million.Furniture- Need to put in new set of Book Shelves, and tables and chairs. Estimated cost Rs. 1 Million

Books and Magazines- Need supply of Books and magazines. Do not need used magazines and Books repeat we don’t want this to be a dumping ground for used books and magazines. Need Books and Magazines, which fall in to the categories listed in the detail sheet. (to be incorporated once a study is done )

Staff- Need to hire a Librarian, on 5-year commitment basis.

Need:

SHORT TERM

1. Sponsor to fund the renovation cost of Rs 1 Million. We will however first tap some of the NGO’s to pay for this
2. Volunteer to study and advise as to the collection of Books and Magazines the library should carry. Then need sponsors for the ones we do not have.
3. Sponsor to finance Librarian’s 5 year cost
4. Arrangement to tie up with other Libraries, Bookshops possibly thru Internet or email so that Library would be current in its approach.
5. Computerize the library operations. Est. cost Rs.1 Million

Current status:

New building funded by NECORD at a cost of Rs.3 Million has been now completed and soft opening took place in November 2005. However an extension to the Library is necessary to house a few PC’s for research facility. Cost of constructing same is being determined.

We facilitated the receipt and forwarding of the Books sent by Sydney and Canada Branch. We have also contacted Dr.Chithravadivelu, former Professor of the Jaffna Campus to let us have a proper list of collections we should carry. The school authorities now feel that they do not require any more books for the library unless a request is made by them. The Trust will arrange an on the job training to the Teacher handling Library for a period of 3 months at an established Library such as British Council, US AID etc.

It is also the intention to automate the operations of the Library once the teacher in charge is trained.

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