News & Events
10 April 2012
The primary objective of HiWEL is to bridge the digital divide of the underprivileged children in the age range 8-14 years. Recently, the Social Welfare Department, Government of Kerala collaborated with HiWEL to install HiWEL Learning Stations at their Observation Homes known as Mahila Mandiram. Read more...
Kerala: Mahila Mandiram
28 March 2012
Bhutan: Reaching the unreached
One of the major projects that HiWEL is in the process of executing is for the Royal Government of Bhutan. The project is part of a large Indo-Bhutan project formally known as the Chiphen Rigpel (broadly meaning 'Enabling a society, Empowering a nation').Read more...
08 September 2011
Destination: Republic of Central Africa
Hi folks. While new HiWEL Learning Stations mushroom all the time, it has been a while since we shared a story about a newly commissioned one. To make amends, here is a scoop on our latest project, which comes from the Republic of Central Africa (RCA).Read more...
30 May 2008
Hole-in-the-Wall reaches Mizoram and Nagaland
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. Read more...
23 May 2008
Global ICT Excellence Award for HiWEL
Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL), a joint venture between NIIT Ltd. and the International Finance Corporation, has been conferred the coveted 'Digital Opportunity Award' for its path breaking work in spreading computer literacy and improving the quality of education at the grass root levels, by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). Read more...
25 April 2008
Jaipur gets its first Playground Learning Centers
The Mayor of Jaipur, Mr. Ashok Parnami, dedicated 5 Hole-in-the-Wall Playground Learning Centers to the children of Jaipur Municipal Corporation schools on Friday, 25th April. This marks the beginning of a unique public-private-community partnership in Jaipur where several organizations have come together to impact the children and community in the underprivileged areas of Jaipur. Read more...
12 November 2007
SOS Children’s Village to provide Free Encyclopedia
Hole in the Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) has joined hands with SOS Children's Village, the world's largest orphan and abandoned children charity, to provide Wikipedia for the Learning Stations in India and African countries. Read more...
05 May 2007
JMC, RCEE and HiWEL in a Landmark Partnership
Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), Rajasthan Council of Elementary Education (RCEE) and Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL), have partnered to set up 200 Playground Learning Centers (PLCs) to promote computer education among school kids in Jaipur. Read more...
01 Aug 2006
Learning in adversity
Tawang, Dras, and Ladakh are very different from each other in terms of geography, culture, religion, history, and even language. Yet they share many common challenges. They are hugely inaccessible to begin with - the nearest railhead or airport is at least a couple of days drive across some of the highest passes in the world (well over 4000 meters). Read more...
26 Mar 2006
Jammu & Kashmir: A tryst with destiny
Few states in India face the challenges that Jammu & Kashmir faces today. Decades of strife and political instability, and the resulting lack of development, have left the state with an impoverished economy and a weak infrastructure. Read more...
02 Mar 2006
The 2001 population census placed Andhra Pradesh’s population at 75.7 million with the literacy rate of 60.5%. Out of the total population, almost 5 million is tribal with a literacy rate as low as 17%. These tribes are economically backward, engaged primarily in cultivation, forest product gathering and casual labour. Read more...
AP Tribal Welfare Department partners with HiWEL
26 Jan 2006
Who are the Chharas?
In 1871, the British Government in India enacted the Criminal Tribes Act under which members of, what were then mostly nomadic tribes, were required to register with the local magistrate and report to the guardrooms several times in a day. Read more...
19 Nov 2005
HiWEL at WSIS event
Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) participated in an exhibition – ICT 4 all – in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The exhibition, which was held from 15-19 November 2005, was a parallel event to World Summit on the Information Societies (WSIS) 2005. Read more...
27 Oct 2005
Next stop Africa?
A delegation of African Leaders came calling at one of the Hole-in-the-Wall sites in New Delhi recently. The delegation, led by H.E. Dr. Bernard Zoba, consisted of leaders of African Union (AU) and Ambassadors to India from various African countries. Read more...
23 Sep 2005
Education Leaders call on us
On the evening of 23rd September 2005, Education Secretaries and State Project Directors, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) had a chance to witness a Hole-in-the-Wall project in action. The high-ranking Education Administrators from various states were on a visit to Vivekanand Camp in Delhi, where they got a taste of the “unstructured” learning environment. Read more...
21 Sep 2005
Rajasthan Government signs MOU
In the district of Jhalawar in Rajasthan, children of select upper primary schools will soon experience a new way to learn. The Rajasthan State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) in New Delhi on 21st September 2005 for a project to set up and operate Learning Stations in Jhalawar. Read more...
21 Aug 2005
World Bank President at Vivekanand Camp
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. Read more...
12 Apr 2005
Government of India honours Sugata Mitra for Hole-in-the-Wall
The Dewang Mehta award for Innovation in Information Technology was conferred on Dr. Sugata Mitra on 12th April 2005. The award, presented by India’s Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran, is in recognition of Dr. Mitra’s discovery of the pedagogy, science and technology of Minimally Invasive Education, popularly known as Hole-in-the-Wall. Read more...
24 Feb 2005
President Karzai visits Hole-in-the-Wall
On his recent visit to India, the President of Afghanistan, His Excellency Mr. Hamid Karzai took time out from his busy schedule to visit one of the Minimally Invasive Education (MIE) Learning Stations in New Delhi. Invited by the Ministry of External Affairs to experience Hole-in-the-Wall Experiment first hand, President Karzai spent time with over 50 children at Vivekananda Camp, a slum in south Delhi where an MIE Learning Station has been set up. Read more...
16 Sep 2004
A Learning Station at the top of the world
The Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations have a history of being deployed in out-of-the-way and out-of-the-mind locations, and perhaps none more so than Stok, a village in Ladakh. Stok is on the outskirts of Leh, the capital of Ladakh - about 15 km from it. Setting up a Learning Station in a place like Stok throws up its own set of challenges. With an altitude of over 11000 ft and temperatures going as low as minus 30 degrees celsius in winters, the cold desert is not the usual Learning Station setting. Read more...
National daily Hindu's report on the HiWEL MOU with the Rajasthan Govt. (24 Sep 2005)
A Learning Station getting ready for inauguration in Melekote, Karnataka. (2003)