September 22nd, 2010
Computer-based learning, which is still a distant dream for many children studying in schools of metros, has reached villages and is generating interest for education among the underprivileged lot of society, be it slum children in metros or children in remote villages of not only India but all over the world. The Hole-in-The-Wall project, also known as ‘Khul Ja Sim Sim’ in Delhi, has played a pioneering role in this regard.
The HiWEL (Hole-in-The-Wall-Education Ltd) project was launched in 1999 by NIIT on an experimental basis under which a computer was installed in the NIIT wall facing the adjoining slum at Kalkaji in New Delhi. The computer became instant hit among the children as they learnt a lot of things through computer in a fun manner, without any prior PC training. Soon, the idea got support from different quarters, including the Delhi Government and the World Bank.
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