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Playground Learning Stations (PLS)

A thought, a hypothesis, a series of experiments, a lot of innovation and research lead to the genesis of an organization, known to the world as Hole-in-the-Wall Education Limited (HiWEL). HiWEL as an organization was established in 2001 as a joint venture between NIIT Limited and International Finance Corporation (World Bank). Over the past decade, HiWEL has evolved both as an idea and as an organization. The commitment towards imparting a playful learning environment to the underserved kids by setting up Playground Learning Stations (PLS) that go beyond the school boundaries provides the impetus to the team to reach out to the remotest of the locations.

Right from the conceptual stage from being a brainchild of Dr. Sugata Mitra, the endeavor has always been to provide a “Minimally Invasive” learning mechanism that enables the child to learn through self and group exploration in an unsupervised environment. Progressing in accordance with the mission of bridging the digital divide by offering exciting and effective education and learning experiences to the deprived groups, a HiWEL PLS gets used by children and community at large as their window to education and information.

Endorsing the achievement of UN MDGs, HiWEL has a firm belief that issues concerning poverty reduction, gender equality, and healthcare can only be sustained when today’s children grow up to be educated citizens. Over the years, HiWEL has been able to tackle quality and accessibility issues that are prevalent in the education process delivery models. Today, over 500 learning stations directly impact hundreds of thousands of children and community members across India, Bhutan and Cambodia in Asia and several countries in the African continent.


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