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Linux in developing countries

Posted on 22 April 2002 by Demian Turner

It was almost three years ago that Dr. Sugara Mitra, head of NIIT’s Centre for Research on Cognitive Systems, began quietly to put internet kiosks where kids hang out in the poorest parts of New Delhi. The effort, titled “Hole in the Wall”, was an experiment in “minimally invasive education”, a concept that offers this affront to the base assumptions of formal education: “that in the absence of any directed input, any learning environment that provides an adequate level of curiosity can cause learning.”

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