Sugata Mitra, professor at Newcastle University and winner of the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) award, delivered a talk to the teachers of Sushila Birla Girls’ School on 31 march, on his successful experiment, Hole in the Wall, which established a new method of learning, making children self sufficient in acquiring education through the use of the Internet.
The idea, now called the Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) approach has reached out to children with minimal or no opportunities in remote corners of the globe. He stressed on the importance of changing the system of learning in schools and the allowance of the Internet into examination halls to make children learn the art of choice and discussion.
This, in his opinion, will prepare the children to fight in the competitive world. He suggested on the examination questions to be framed in ways that will allow the students to develop their research skills and thus, become better leaders tomorrow. He also demonstrated on a group of 20 to 25 students of 12 to 13 years of age, to show how the SOLE session is supposed to work.