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21 Aug 2005
World Bank President at Vivekanand Camp

Mr. Wolfowitz with the children at the Vivekananda Camp Learning Station
The World Bank President, Paul D. Wolfowitz, was a guest at one of the HiWEL Learning Stations in New Delhi recently. On the Indian leg of his South Asian tour, Mr. Wolfowitz made an unscheduled stop to visit the Vivekananda Camp Learning Station in South Delhi.

Vivekananda Camp is a low-income slum, where the biggest challenges are health, sanitation and education. Mr. Wolfowitz walked through the slum and met with the residents to get a first-hand impression of the conditions in which the Learning Station is situated. Mr. Wolfowitz observed the children using the Learning Station and interacted with them at length. He asked the children what they use the computers for, and the children responded saying that they use the Internet to access information. The younger children said that they use the Hindi language educational software.

Mr. Wolfowitz (centre) meets the residents, accompanied by Mr. Manas Chakrabarti, HiWEL (right) and Mr. Iyad Malas, IFC (left).
Mr. Iyad Malas, Director - South Asia, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mr. Manas Chakrabarti, Head, Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) apprised the World Bank President on the progress made by HiWEL in taking Minimally Invasive Education to remote parts of India and even outside India. Mr. Wolfowitz spent time understanding the role of HiWEL Learning Stations in helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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WB President introducing himself to the children

Mr. Wolfowitz observing the children "at work"


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