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Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE).

Education Vs Learning. Encourage and increase pro-active learning through activities and work instead of passive education. Women and girls teaching each other how to be safer, succeed and improve their quality of life. Get inspired by a great TED talk by Sugata Mitra (Build a school in the Cloud) and his previous experience with 'Hole in the wall' project (leaving a computer on low-income areas where kids would teach themselves how to use a computer - no teacher required). Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE): let the educational process to self-organise itself using the following tools: Broadband + collaboration + encouragement. The teacher is only required to raise the question.

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What are the key learnings? 
- Content can be provided through multiple devices (computer, laptops, tablets, smartphones). We need to re-think the schools.  
- Kids curiosity can drive them to self-learning, when there is the right support (people + technology + place) and encouragement. 
- With current technology, people can provide their skills to teach low-income areas kids from the other part of the world, trhough internet enabled technologies.

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Yes! Thanks for bringing this topic to the table. Throughout research, the theme of a need for education is undeniable. After watching Sugata Mitra's TED Talk earlier this year, I have been thinking about how self guided learning and rethinking education would play a part in this challenge. Knowing that learning can happen without the resources that many associate with gaining an education (a building, a teacher, etc.,) how can we develop a network that distributes the minimum necessities for self-learning? Thanks again for sharing.

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Thank you for your comment Lauren. You nailed it with the ending question "how can we develop a network that distributes the minimum necessities for self-learning?" and I would add with the minimum resources and being replicable and scalable.

IDEO works with a great school in Peru, called Innova Schools (http://www.innovaschools.edu.pe/), and although they are the high end of self-learning (or blend learning as they call it) education, some of those experiences and learnings can be applied to the low-income urban areas.

Thanks again for your comment.