A NEW PARADIGM OF EDUCATION:
SOLAR-POWERED OUTDOOR INTERNET HUBS
Project Hello World is based on the belief that vulnerable communities across the world deserve connectivity, access to information and opportunities to learn. In remote and neglected parts of the world, Project Hello World mobilises communities to build solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks, equipped with two large touch screens, cameras and audio equipment. Hello Hubs are designed to withstand extreme outdoor weather and are energy autonomous, which means that they can bring connectivity and education to some of the most isolated communities. Each Hello Hub is equipped with state of the art technology including high quality solar panels, satellite network connectivity and rugged and waterproof touch panel monitors and keyboards.
“Considering how difficult it has been
for even a wealthy country like the
United States to bring Internet access
to its own schools, the accomplishment
of Project Hello World cannot be
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, Founder and CEO of Projects For All, watched the TED Prize 2013 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 became the inspiration to start Project Hello World.
Watch Sugata Mitra and Katrin Macmillan talk about self-organised learning, Project Hello World and the Hello Hubs, outdoor solar-powered Internet kiosks that bring connectivity and education to children—and adults— in remote and marginalised communities.
SHARE THE MOMENT OF BUILDING A HELLO HUB
Not long now before the Hello World Book Vol. 1 will be published. In stunning photographs by Justin Keena, it documents the process of building a Hello Hub in Kidubuli, Uganda. You can pre-order the book from our online store.
But because we just couldn't wait to show off the pictures, we would like to give you a little pre-view—in form of a cute set of postcards! If you would like to share the moment of building a Hello Hub, please send us your address and we will send you a set of postcards in return.
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.
WHO WE ARE
We don't take "too idealistic, not possible, too hard" very easily. We are determined, tireless, and prepared to work 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, where before, learning barely existed. A new paradigm is needed if we want 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. From becoming a design partner, or building a Hello Hub of 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.