NIIT to set up two learning stations for Uganda children

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Chennai, Nov 20 (UNI) NIIT, a leading global talent development corporation, would set up two 'Hole-in-the-Wall' learning stations for the socially and economically challenged children of Uganda, under the umbrella of Commonwealth Connects Initiative and Ministry of Information and Communication (MoICT), Republic of Uganda.

The first learning station in Kiswa, Nakawa division in the capital city of Kampala has been commissioned today, during the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2007, in Uganda, NIIT release said here today.

Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd (HiWEL) is a joint venture of NIIT, and the International Finance Corporation, part of The World Bank Group, which facilitates learning of computers through unconditional and public access to computer, to socially and economically underprivileged children.

The Internet connected HiWEL Learning Stations would provide free access to educational and socially relevant information to the children in Uganda.

Children from disadvantaged communities would have an opportunity to access useful information on personal hygiene, sensitisation of masses about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and prevention, ways of controlling malaria, educational and edutainment content.

The activities at these Learning Stations would be monitored from a central station in India.

A dedicated team from NIIT HiWEL team would not only implement the project but also train the local resource personnel to sustain it after the project period.

NIIT HIWEL intends to share its learning and experience to benefit the underserved children of Uganda by providing an enabling environment, leading to their empowerment, the release added.

UNI

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