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(L) Abhishek Singh, secretary, ITTE, speaking at the inauguration programme of HIWEL at GMS Chandmari. A student uses the HIWEL computer at GMS Chandmari, Wednesday.
Correspondent Kohima:
Published on 23 Oct. 2008 1:21 AM IST
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Hole-in-the-Wall Education Limited, a computer education programme, was formally launched Wednesday at Government Middle School Chadmari by Abhishek Singh, secretary, ITTE. A pilot project sponsored by the SSA Mission, HiWEL is aimed at improving elementary education and computer skills of rural children through self-taught method. Lauding the SSA and the WEC for initiating the project, Abhishek Singh said that education is made complete only when broadened outside the four walls. He stated that with the launching of HiWEL, children can learn computer on their own and arouse their scientific knowledge. He asked the students to take interest in learning computer skills. Abhishek Singh further urged the SSA authority to continue with such projects in other schools too. With launching of such projects, he said "education becomes more complete and useful for the students and parents." State project director, State Mission Authority, SSA, K. J. Lohe stated that HiWEL is aimed not only for students of the school but for residents of the area too. He said that anyone can explore computer basics and other facilities of the computer through self-teaching method. Lohe further urged the school and WEC authority not to keep the computers under lock and key but keep it open for the benefit of all. Stating that the world has become an e-world now, Lohe stated that the authority would look forward to putting internet facility soon. A generator back up facility is being attached, he added. Song was presented by the students of GMS, while welcome address was delivered by Vlmawya, vote of thanks by Santu Thapa, WEC member, and the programme was chaired by Lhingneiphal. The programme was attended by members of the WEC, DIS, etc. Established in 2001 by Dr. Sugata Mitra, HiWEL project was first experimented in primary schools at UP and Bihar. The project has now its centres all over the country. HiWEL centres were launched earlier at GMS L. Khel, Kohima Village, and GMS, New Market. There are three other HiWEL centres at Dimapur and one centre each in all the other districts.

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