Sugata Mitra’s TED winning Talk – The child-driven education

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Watch the awe-inspiring video below

If you want to Help, there are 5 things you can do

  1.  Try out a Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) in your home, school or community.
    Download the SOLE ToolKit here. Share your feedback here
  2. Join the School in the Cloud mentor network of educators. Email Sugata to become part of the network
  3. Make a financial contribution to this TED Prize wish.
    Email sugata@ted.com
  4. Spread the word on Twitter #TEDSOLE
  5. Help build the School in the Cloud. See the list of current needs below and email sugata@ted.com to make a commitment.


This is a list of current needs for the School in the Cloud:

Core technology assistance

  • Cloud-based software design to manage laboratory school operations and education resources.
  • Video conference capability
  • Biometric and sensory technology


  • Computers
  • Large monitors
  • Furniture designers
  • Solar air conditioners and heaters
  • Water purification units
  • Innovative display methods (chalkboard paint, glass whiteboards, etc.)

Automated Remote Systems

  • Robotic cleaning machines
  • Remote heating, lighting and cooling systems
  • Other auto-monitoring systems


  • Build experience in the developing world and tropics
  • Awareness of safety, power, electric and storage issues


  • Identity branding
  • Web design
  • Training video toolkit

Email sugata@ted.com to make a commitment.

5 comments on “Sugata Mitra’s TED winning Talk – The child-driven education

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  4. I have been aware of your computer-in-a-hole-in-a-wall study for a while, and was delighted by it – your lecture has validated my own ‘craziness’!! I homeschooled my own children (c.1998) from when they were in grade 6/7 after they had attended Montessori schools. Possibly the most important Montessori principle is that of ‘a controlled environment and the freedom to choose and move within it’ and I see traces of that in the School in the Clouds approach – but better. I also – albeit briefly- ran an alternative school where I introduced the ‘teacher-as-the-facilitator’ approach and made it a rule that no one came to school unless they wanted to really be there. Sadly, CoreStar EduCentre closed after only a few short years due to my poor management – I was attempting a round-table approach which failed dismally. I am friends with many of the ex students and they are without exception, exceptional people! I would love to do this SOLE approach, even tho’ i have only one child for whom I facilitate homework. I will download the info and have a look. Thanks for a wonderful lecture.

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