Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra

In 1999, Prof. Sugata Mitra had asked his employees to tear a big hole in the wall that separated his offices from the neighboring overcrowded slum. In its place an internet station was installed – a permanent gear that included a touch-screen computer and free internet connection. He wanted to know if it is possible that kids without any guidance or previous knowledge could gain entry into new worlds of knowledge, if provided with the appropriate conditions. The station became immediate success among the neighborhood’s residents, and mainly among the kids, who began using the computer without any pre-training. Since then, the Hole in The Wall Project has gained momentum and spread out to additional cities, becoming a well-known project that generated worldwide astonishment. Following these experiences, Prof. Mitra developed the SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) which operates and develops in Newcastle University in the UK.