Navigate Up

Skip Navigation LinksPress Release

Jaipur gets its first Playground Learning Center from HiWEL Hon’ble Mayor Ashok Parnami inaugurates the first Playground Learning Centre in the city
Jaipur, April 25, 2008: Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL), in partnership with Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Rajasthan Council of Elementary Education (RCEE) today dedicated 5 Playground Learning Centers (PLC) to the school kids of Jaipur. HiWEL is a joint venture between NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank Affiliate.
Mr Ashok Parnami, Hon’ble Mayor of Jaipur launched first of the five Playground Learning Centers at JMC’s Pink City No 3 School at Azadpur. The Playground Learning Centers have been installed in the remote parts of the city to promote computer education among school kids.
HiWEL PLCs provide free and unsupervised access to computers for children belonging to economically and socially marginalized populations, in remote rural locations and urban slums. HiWEL PLCs come with the unique Minimally Invasive Education approach and encourage children to self-organize and take responsibility for their own learning.
A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding was signed last year between the Jaipur Municipal Corporation, Rajasthan Council for Elementary Education and HiWEL to install PLCs in the city.
As part of the agreement, HiWEL will set up 200 such PLCs with 400 computers in 200 low-income schools in and around slum locations in Jaipur. Hundreds of kids from adjoining slums and underserved communities will have access to educational content and games, and learn in an environment that allows them to build and improve their understanding through observation, exploration, discovery, and collaboration, with minimal intervention from adults.
NIIT has installed over 120 HiWEL Learning Stations across the country—from Leh in the North to Kanyakumari in the South; from Arunachal Pradesh in the North-East to Jaisalmer in the West. Outside India, these Learning Stations have been put up in Uganda, Cambodia and Egypt and are now being implemented in several other countries in Africa.
About HiWEL
Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) is a joint venture between NIIT Ltd. and the International Finance Corporation (a part of The World Bank Group). Established in 2001, HiWEL was set up to research and proliferate the idea of Hole-in-the-Wall, a path-breaking learning methodology created by Dr. Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist Emeritus of NIIT.
Formally called Minimally Invasive Education, this innovative methodology was first tested in a slum in Kalkaji, New Delhi, in 1999. The experiment has resulted in a new technology and a new way for children to learn. In this experiment, a computer connected to the Internet was embedded into a slum wall and left for unsupervised use by children. The experiment suggested that children, irrespective of their social, ethnic or educational identity, can learn to use computers by themselves, thereby closing the much discussed “digital divide”.
The computers are provided in safe, public, outdoor spaces through innovative technologies. All activities at these Learning Stations are monitored remotely from Delhi.
NIIT is now making this technique available to the world through “Hole In the Wall Education Limited” (HIWEL). 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.
For media queries, please contact:
Prateek Chatterjee, NIIT Ltd., 85, Sector 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon 122 001; Ph: +91 124 4293041; Fax: +91 124 4293333;
Shivanjali Singh, NIIT Ltd., 85, Sector 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon 122 001;
Ph: +91 124 4293044; Fax: +91 124 4293333; Email: