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About HiWEL

Lighting the spark of learning.

Hole-in-the-Wall Education Limited (HiWEL) is a subsidiary of NIIT Limited. Established in 2001, HiWEL began as a joint venture between NIIT and the International Finance Corporation (a part of The World Bank Group), with the purpose of propagating the concept of Hole-in-the-Wall, a path-breaking learning methodology 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.

With the formation of HiWEL in 2001, 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.

HiWEL 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.

"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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