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NIIT initiative for children in Uganda unveiled at Commonwealth forum today
NIIT initiative for children in Uganda unveiled at Commonwealth forum today
November 19, 2007: NIIT, Asia’s No. 1 Trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation will be setting up two Hole-in-the-Wall learning stations for the socially and economically disadvantaged children of Uganda, under the umbrella of Commonwealth Connects Initiative and Ministry of Information and Communication (MoICT), Republic of Uganda.
The first Learning Station in Kiswa, Nakawa Division in the capital city of Kampala has been commissioned today, during the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2007 in Uganda.
Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) is a joint venture of NIIT, and the International Finance Corporation, part of The World Bank Group which facilitates learning of computers through unconditional and public access to computer, to socially and economically underprivileged children.
NIIT HiWEL signed an agreement with Commonwealth Secretariat to participate in Commonwealth Connects Initiative in October 2007.
The Internet connected HiWEL Learning Stations will provide free access to educational and socially relevant information to the children in Uganda. Children from disadvantaged communities will have an opportunity to access useful information on personal hygiene, sensitization of masses about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and prevention, ways of controlling malaria, educational and edutainment content.
The activities at these Learning Stations will be monitored from a central station at New Delhi, India. A dedicated team from NIIT HiWEL team will not only implement the project but will also train the local resource persons to sustain it after the project period.
NIIT HiWEL intends to share its learning and experience to benefit the underserved children of Uganda by providing an enabling environment thus leading to their empowerment.
The private sector with its expertise, experience and innovation is at the forefront in facilitating access to Information and Communication Technologies at grassroots. To enhance the collaboration amongst member countries, the Commonwealth Connects Initiative also emphasizes effective Public Private Partnerships in promoting local access and connectivity.
NIIT HiWEL in India is one such innovative initiative, by the private sector, for the disadvantaged and underserved children and communities.
Initiated as an experiment in 1999 and established in 2001, HiWEL facilitates learning through unconditional and public access to computers. In its endeavor to positively impact learning outcomes in elementary education and computer literacy HiWEL also addresses the digital divide, the drop out rate and works towards providing effective and interesting teaching-learning experience. Today, with 150 Learning Stations in India, Cambodia and Africa, HiWEL has impacted thousands of children, in rural areas and urban slums.
HiWEL Learning Station is much more than a rugged PC in an open playground setting. It is a method, which consists of innovations in hardware technology, software technology and cognitive design. The underlying idea is to supplement learning resources to enable creative and interactive self-learning in an informal setting. Children discover a versatile learning tool and they embark on a journey through experimentation, collaboration and social networking thus forming learning communities.
For media queries, contact:
Prateek Chatterjee, NIIT Limited, Ph: +91 9910201085, +91 124 4293041;
Shivanjali Singh, NIIT Limited, Ph: +91 9811991107, +91 124 4293044;