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“Learning from a hole in the wall”

16-03-2007 (Paris)
“Learning from a hole in the wall”
The Learning Station in Wat Bo, Camodia
© Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd
Using technology in basic education to improve access and quality is the subject of a seminar held yesterday in UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning.
A few years ago, children in a slum in New Delhi saw a surprising object being installed in a hole in a wall: a computer, with which they could play at will.

They did so and soon, without any guidance, learnt how to use it. This experiment and others conducted over the last seven years were the brainchild of Sugata Mitra. They convinced him that educational technology can lead to learning, even with minimal human intervention, as long as the content is motivating and the technology adapted to the learner.

This ‘minimally invasive education’, as Dr Mitra called it, offers hope to the millions of children who, due to geographical remoteness and a lack of qualified teachers, fail to have access to school. It also challenges traditional views of education.

Sugata Mitra is at present Professor of Educational technology, at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS), Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
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