A NEW PARADIGM FOR LEARNING.
Solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks
CONNECTIVITY. ACCESS TO EDUCATION. OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN.
In remote and marginalised parts of the world, Project Hello World mobilises communities to build solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks which are preloaded with educational software and applications. These WiFi-enabled ‘Hello Hubs’ are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and are energy autonomous, which means they can bring connectivity and education to some of the most isolated regions. Each Hello Hub is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including solar panels, satellite network connectivity, rugged waterproof keyboards and touch panel monitors, as well as cameras and audio equipment. Hello Hubs provide an opportunity for children who are denied access to education to teach themselves, play with friends online and share their voices. With the Hello Hubs, communities can create a brighter future for themselves and discover what it means to be a global citizen.
“Considering how difficult it has been
for even a wealthy country like the
United States to bring Internet access
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End of last year, Project Hello World and Avenues: The World School, New York, began a partnership to make quality education accessible to all. Our collaboration is wide-ranging, and covers research, development, and programming.
The partnership brings together the development expertise of Hello World and the educational innovation of Avenues. The common goal of this collaboration is to understand how technology can benefit students academically and on a social level, and to document and research the challenges associated with technology-based learning in remote places. Together, we also aim to enhance the usability and reliability of our Internet kiosks, the Hello Hubs.
Read more about the partnership between Hello World and Avenues: The World School and the current events in New York in our latest blog post.
HOW A TED TALK BY SUGATA MITRA INSPIRED A SCHOOL IN THE CLOUD FOR AFRICA—AND BEYOND...
Three and a half years ago, Katrin Macmillan watched a TED Talk by Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, in which he discussed his ‘Hole in the Wall’ research project and stated his ambition to build a ‘school in the cloud'. He wanted to find out if children who have little or no access to education could educate themselves, simply by having access to the Internet. The children exceeded his expectations—and his TED talk (which won the TED Prize in 2013) became the inspiration and motivation to start Project Hello World.
Watch Sugata Mitra and Katrin Macmillan talk about child-led digital education, Project Hello World and the Hello Hubs in this film. More on the collaboration between Project Hello World and SOLE Central, Sugata Mitra’s centre for research and practice, can be found here ›
HELLO HUB. HELLO WORLD. HELLO KIDUBULI.
Kidubuli is a remote village in the Tooro Kingdom of Uganda, 300km west of the capital of Kampala. Matoke trees and the ancient Kyaninga volcano nearby provide a spectacular and lush backdrop to this small community which is characterised by a rich and vibrant culture.Local schools are few and far between and too many of the local children cannot access them. So the community came together with Projects For All with one common goal: to bring education to the children of Kidubuli—and they began to build a Hello Hub. This film documents the process, from breaking ground, to the moment when Kidubuli got power and Internet access for the very first time. Watch our film "Building a Hello Hub in Uganda" below, and see for yourself how digital education and connectivity has come to Kidubuli.
WHO WE ARE
We don’t pay much attention to “too idealistic, not possible, too hard”. We are determined, tireless, and prepared to think outside the box in our endeavour to tackle the education deficit and give communities the tools to educate themselves and share their voice.
HOW IT WORKS
The Hello Hubs are a radical new approach to learning, in places where learning barely existed. We know that a new approach is needed if we are to make a real difference and bring education to communities with no, or limited, access to formal schooling.
There are many ways to get involved and support our vision of education for all. From becoming a design partner or building a Hello Hub on your own, to donating or organising a fundraising event. We thank you for your support and would love to talk to you about your ideas.
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