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Ict and cisco training on air through the sri lanka broadcasting corporation

Ict and cisco training on air through the sri lanka broadcasting corporation


The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation invited The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to make awareness on disability in the half an hour programme titled “AndurenEliyata” in November 2015. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne spoke about the ICT training done at the ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities. The EFC would like to extend its sincere gratitude to Mr. Sujeewa Manage for providing this great opportunity for the disability community.


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Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme.

manique and sujeewa


Head of ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon



Sri lanka broadcasting corporation give publicity for small business development and three wheeler modification for persons with disabilities


Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation invited Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to do an half an hour programme titled “AndurenEliyata”. She spoke about the Small Business Development programme and the three wheeler modification project done under the ILO International LabourOrganisation) LEED (Local Empowerment through Economic Development) project. There was a good response from the listeners with disabilities. Sending the message across to the grassroots level is very important. I greatly appreciate the initiative taken by Mr. Sujeewa Manage from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.


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Manique with Sujeewa recording the programme.

manique and sujeewa



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EFC’s ICT Training Centre launches globally recognized CISCO qualification


Since its inception in 2001, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the nucleus of the Network on Disability.  Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with diverse disabilities in the country.

Under the adept guidance of Manique Gunaratne, Head of the ICT Training Centre, it has benefited 159 persons with diverse disabilities to date including school leavers, job seekers, undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the island. Ms. Gunaratne was recruited as a role model to the Network on Disability in 2001, as the first employee with a disability. Losing her sight 15 years ago due to retinitispigmentosa for which no cure has still been found, Ms. Gunaratne’s commitment to the betterment of the visually impaired in the country is exemplary.

Trained both locally and internationally to teach, promote and develop ICT for persons with disabilities, Ms. Gunaratne has been nationally and internationally recognized. A Gold Medalist at the World Assembly for Women with Disabilities held in Seoul, Korea in 2011, she is also armed with several coveted national awards including the Keerthi Sri Lankabhimani Desha Bandu Award, Zonta Woman Achiever and Most Inspirational Woman on Special Skills of the Year – all of which was conferred on her last year and the Diriya Kantha Award in 2007.

The Training Centre fully equipped with more than 50 devices specially designed for persons with disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe. The programs are also recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and within the EFC membership which consists of 620 companies.

The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status last year is the latest feather in its cap. “This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally recognized IT qualification,” said Ms. Gunaratne who now joins the international team of trainers to conduct CISCO courses. In April this year, EFC commenced conducting Cisco Computer Network Associate Courses (CCNA). “Specialists reveal that persons with CISCO qualifications are often ranked in the top three highest paid slots. CISCO’s own research indicates that certified professionals often earn as much as 10% more than peers without CISCO credentials working in similar routing and networking jobs.”

The demand for IT workers with CISCO certifications often outstrips the supply, says the Head of EFC’s ICT Training Centre who cites three main objectives of introducing this globally recognized qualification to persons with disabilities. “The prime objective of it is to improve the computer knowledge and networking skills of them. Moreover, it aims to improve the employability of the trainees and create a group of trainers for future training needs.” The training team consists of Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Mr. Anuradha Jayakody, Senior Lecturer from SLIIT, Malabe.

For the CCNA Course, nine persons with disabilities have been selected. Among them are three vision impaired participants, three hearing impaired participants and three with physical disabilities. On 23rd October 2015 the Commercial Bank donated millions worth of CISCO equipment for the conduct of the courses. The handing over of equipments was held at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon auditorium.

The following articles were published in the news papers.


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Group photograph of Mr. Vajira Ellepola (EFC), Ms. Sonali De Silva (EFC), Ms. Manique Gunaratne (EFC), Ms. Priyanthi Perera (Commercial Bank), Mr. Dishan Fernando (Commercial Bank), Mr. Ashoka Baddage and Ms. Kalhari Kaluarachchi (CISCO).


Manique Gunaratne

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The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon on air on international white cane day


The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, invited EFC ICT Training Centre and the Disability Resource Centre for a programme titled “AnduranEliyata” (Darkness to light) in the “SwadeshiyaSewaya”. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne spoke on the significance of the white cane and the International White Cane Day.




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Persons with disabilities fight for their rights during parliamentary elections 2015


First time in the history in Sri Lanka a group of persons with disabilities contested for the parliamentary elections in 2015. They contested for two districts in Sri Lanka. There were very good awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities during the campaign. More facilities were provided for persons with disabilities during the election process such as allowing a family member to go with a vision impaired persons, accessibility facilities in polling booths, transportation etc. Please read the articles on the following links.

Daily Mirror…/differently-abled-to-contest-in…

Divaina 16 August 2015

Sunday Observer 9 August 2015

Daily Financial Times 16 August 2015–Perera-laments-political-apathy-towards-the-disabled

Daily Mirror 7 August 2015

Dinamina August 2015

Dinamina 10 August 2015



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