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About HiWEP

Lighting the spark of learning.

Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project (HiWEP) started as a research initiative, a path-breaking learning methodology of Minimally Invasive Education (MIE) conceived by Dr. Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist at NIIT. (To learn about how it all started, click here.)

Formally called Minimally Invasive Education, this innovative methodology was first tested in a slum in Kalkaji, New Delhi, in 1999. The experiment was replicated in two other rural sites in the same year. The first adopter of the idea was the Government of NCT of Delhi. In 2000, the Government of Delhi set up 30 Learning Stations in a resettlement colony. This project is ongoing and continues to create a tremendous impact among generations of young learners.

A national research program was started, in which Learning Stations were set up in 23 locations across rural India. In 2004, the Hole-in-the-Wall reached Cambodia through the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

In an internal restructuring, in July 2013, NIIT Foundation (NF) which started in 2004 as not for profit society with a mandate to reach the unreached, uncared and unattended for ensuring inclusive development in India has been entrusted to implement the Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project (HiWEP).

With this, HiWEP is now poised to scale up the idea of Hole-in-the-Wall to make a significant contribution to improving elementary education and life skills of children across the world, especially those in disadvantaged communities in rural areas and urban slums.

Since then it has already implemented more than 100 Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations in India for as a part of CSR initiatives of various corporates.

"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement."
- Plato


"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards." - Anatole France



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