Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Dham­mika Perera...

- Parenting · Kids · Family · Sri Lanka · United States of America · Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

“A child’s early years are the foun­da­tion for his or her fu­ture de­vel­op­ment, pro­vid­ing a strong foun­da­tion for life­long ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing cog­ni­tive and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. Well-es­tab­lished re­search con­tin­ues to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion as an es­sen­tial build­ing block of a child’s fu­ture suc­cess.

“With this thought we hope that chil­dren from dif­fer­ent back­grounds in Sri Lanka will be able to ac­cess world class re­sources in a safe and se­cure on­line ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment cost-free,” A spokesper­son for Dham­mika and Priscilla Perera Foun­da­tion said.

Devel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor Age of Learn­ing, Inc, USA – creator of award win­ning plat­forms like Abc­mouse.com – DP Kids is built to an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard and fea­tures a cur­ricu­lum and pre­sen­ta­tion that is de­signed by early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als who have stud­ied and an­a­lysed child psy­chol­ogy and be­hav­iour to craft con­tent that will be es­pe­cially en­gag­ing for kids.

DP Kids has also col­lab­o­rated with USP Stu­dios, home to over 50 an­i­mated char­ac­ters de­signed for mak­ing learn­ing a fun ac­tiv­ity. USP Stu­dios is one of the top three ‘kids video con­tent’ pro­duc­ers world­wide.

No­tably, DP Kids has also made a con­certed ef­fort to lo­calise its con­tent, util­is­ing the unique skills of fa­mous and ac­claimed Sri Lankan singers, writ­ers, il­lus­tra­tors and an­i­ma­tors in or­der to en­sure that lessons are re­lat­able and aligned to Sri Lankan tra­di­tion, cul­ture and val­ues.

Among those who con­trib­uted to the DP Kids plat­form was the beloved doyen of Sri Lankan chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture and art, the late Mrs. Sy­bil Wet­tas­inghe, whose fi­nal work was in con­tribut­ing tra­di­tional songs and il­lus­tra­tions to the plat­form. In or­der to hon­our her mem­ory and life-chang­ing legacy, her il­lus­tra­tions were com­pleted by fam­ily mem­bers while the mu­sic she had com­posed for DP Kids was recorded by artists at the Sri Lanka Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (SLBC) and will be made freely avail­able through the plat­form in the form of two dig­i­tal song­books.

DP Kids has also worked closely with lead­ing lo­cal an­i­ma­tors who pro­vided 7 lo­calised an­i­mated char­ac­ters spe­cially de­signed for DP Kids and 3D an­i­mated videos for nurs­ery rhymes that re­flect lo­cal cul­tures and tra­di­tions of Sri Lanka.

A well-known me­dia com­pany was also en­listed for pro­duc­ing art and craft videos spe­cially de­signed for DP Kids, which will fur­ther sup­port kids to im­prove their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties.

For fur­ther in­quiries or de­tails please visit the of­fi­cial DP Kids web­site at www.dp­kids.lk or email: info@ dp­foun­da­tion.org.lk

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