Minimally invasive education (MIE) is a form of learning in which children operate in unsupervised environments. The methodology arose from an experiment done by Sugata Mitra while at NIIT in 1999, often called The Hole in the Wall, which has since gone on to become a significant project with the formation of Hole in the Wall Education Limited (HiWEL), a cooperative effort between NIIT and the International Finance Corporation, employed in some 300 ‘learning stations’, covering some 300,000 children in India and several African countries.
The programme has been feted with the digital opportunity award by WITSA, and been extensively covered in the media.
Mitra has summarised the results of his experiment as follows. Given free and public access to computers and the Internet group of children can
When Karamba Diaby finished third in his party’s state primaries last February, the result catapulted him into the national spotlight. Now, after Sunday’s federal elections here, Mr. Diaby’s place in German history is guaranteed.
And he is sharing the spotlight. For the first time, Germany has elected black lawmakers into the Bundestag, Parliament’s lower house. One was Mr. Diaby, a member of the Social Democrats, from Senegal, and the other is Charles M. Huber, a former actor with a Senegalese father and a German mother.
Although both failed to secure direct mandates from their districts, they managed to get elected through Germans’ second votes, which are cast for so-called party lists.
The International Olympic Committee elected Anita DeFrantz, a member from Los Angeles, to its powerful executive board.
The announcement on Tuesday afternoon ended a big day for Americans at the IOC session in Buenos Aires.
Earlier, U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst was elected an IOC member. DeFrantz’s victory confirmed an end to difficult relations between the U.S. and the Olympic movement.
"There were some hard feelings," DeFrantz said earlier in the week. "It has been a barrier."
The rift centered on a disagreement over how to share revenue from American broadcasters and sponsors. The U.S. and IOC recently decided on a new deal and everyone seems content, judging by Thursday’s developments.
With Americans assuming positions of authority in the IOC, U.S. cities could stand a better chance when bidding to host future Games. Los Angeles has expressed interest in the 2024 Summer Olympics.