Researcher Spotlight: Sugata Mitra

Researcher Spotlight: Sugata Mitra

We're launching a researcher spotlight series where we look at one educational researcher each month. Our first post and to close 2020, we chose Sugata Mitra, former physicist and education researcher, who delivered the insightful (and funny) TED talk below. 

In under 18 minutes, Mitra teaches us about self-driven learning. This video is almost 10 years old and still fascinating as ever.

Mitra tells us about his 'hole in the wall' experiment where he placed computers in remote regions and observed young children's interactions surfing the web.  Mitra coined the term 'minimally invasive education', which means learning that takes place where children are self-supervised.

If you're interested in the study, click here for more. 

At Ambessa Play, we encourage interactions to play and explore. However, approximately 3.6 million people remain unconnected. With this in mind, our kits will be designed to not rely on internet connection. 



Closing Words of wisdom by Mitra:

  • "If children have interest, then Education happens"
  • "Students are rewarded for memorization, not imagination or resourcefulness."
  • "It's quite fashionable to say that the education system's broken. It's not broken. It's wonderfully constructed. It's just that we don't need it anymore. It's outdated."
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