“Digital education on the Hello Hubs is our way of working towards reaching that goal.”
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 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 to its own schools, the accomplishment of Project Hello World cannot be understated.”
HUGH JACKMAN. Actor
Kidubuli is one of five communities where Hello World has built a Hello Hub. It is a remote village in the Tooro Kingdom of Uganda, 300 km west of the capital Kampala. Matoke trees and the ancient Kyaninga volcano 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.
The community came together with Project Hello World with one common goal: to bring education to the children of Kidubuli—and they began to build a Hello Hub. Our film “Building a Hello Hub in Uganda” documents the process, from breaking ground, to the moment when Kidubuli had power and Internet access for the very first time.
See for yourself how digital education and connectivity has come to this community—and changed the life of its people for years to come.
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.
Because of its principles of community engagement, sustainability and open source sharing of its technical designs, Hello World challenges traditional notions of development work. The project has initiated a new approach to learning, with one ambitious goal in mind: to end the education deficit across the globe.
Watch Sugata Mitra and Katrin Macmillan talk about child-led digital education, Project Hello World and the Hello Hubs:
WHO WE ARE
We don’t pay much attention to “too idealistic, not possible, too difficult”. 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 partner or building a Hello Hub on your own, to donating or organising a fundraising event. Thank you for your support. We would love to talk to you about your ideas.
Justin Keena has documented the 2015 build of the Hello Hub in Kidubuli, Uganda, in stunning photographs which can be found all over our website. We would like to give you a little taste in form of these beautiful postcards. So if you would like to share the moment of building a Hello Hub, please contact us and we will send you a set of postcards in return.