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30 May 2008
Hole-in-the-Wall reaches Mizoram and Nagaland

One of the upcoming sites: Govt. Middle School-II, Lungsen, Mizoram
HiWEL has recently signed Memorandums of Understanding for setting up Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations with two states in North-East India viz. Mizoram and Nagaland. The Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), which have been signed with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan of the respective states, take HiWEL's presence in the North-East to three states. HiWEL already has a Learning Station in each of the districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The North-East region of India has always had challenges including lack of infrastructure, inaccessible terrain and, in a region that borders foreign countries on all sides, low intensity conflicts among various ethnic tribes. Against this backdrop, development issues like children's education tend to have lower priority. But that is no longer true as things are changing especially with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) playing its role towards Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE). HiWEL, for its part, is happy to be involved in these projects as it looks for every opportunity of reaching out to children who are not part of the mainstream.

SPD, SSA Mizoram, Mr. V. Ralliana (on the left) inspecting one of the schools
The MoU with SSA Mizoram envisages setting up of 5 Learning Stations in one of the districts, namely Lunglei, which lies on the Bangladesh border. The MoU to this effect was signed by SPD, SSA Mizoram, Mr. V. Ralliana. All the 5 Learning Stations will be setup in Government schools but they will be accessible to all children including out-of-school children. HIWEL will actively engage with the Principals and teachers of each selected schools to work towards the expected learning outcomes. All the Government schools identified for HiWEL Learning Stations are in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBB).

In Nagaland, HiWEL will setup 15 Learning Stations across all 11 districts of the state including Mon, which is right on the Myanmar border. The MoU for this was signed by Ms. Angau L. Thaw, Director, Education in the guidance of Ms. Banuo L. Zamuro, Principal Secretary, Education). All the schools identified for setting up the Learning Stations are run by Village Education Committees.

Another upcoming site: Govt. Middle School, Phairuangkai, Mizoram
Nagaland has system where by there is communitisation of elementary education. Communitisation of education means transferring the ownership to and sharing responsibility of its management with the community. In a communitised school, the academic, administrative and financial management of the school substantially vest with the community, which acts through an elected Village Education Committee (VEC). This process of decentralization has been quite successful and other parts of India are now adopting this. Nagaland was awarded by United Nations for this unique model for managing education. HiWEL will actively involve such Village Education Committees (VEC), Ward Education Committees (WEC), local authorities and teachers to make this project a success.

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