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Public-private partnership in a minimally invasive education approach


Swati Jha 
HiWEL, NIT, New Delhi, India
swatijha@niit.com 

Shiffon Chatterjee 
HiWEL, NIT, New Delhi, India

 

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Abstract

In developing countries like India, the onus of development lies mainly with the government, which faces the predicament of multiple demands and limited resources. This leads to a situation where even fundamental objectives such as basic literacy for all are not met. On the other hand, there exists a vibrant private sector, which has resources and the desire to undertake social responsibility. This sector is also coming up with innovative approaches to overcome barriers to education and is targeting the have-nots. Minimally Invasive Education (MIE) is one such endeavour. This paper discusses results obtained from Madangir (New Delhi), one of the sites where MIE learning stations were installed. It encourages children to learn on their own, with minimal, or no intervention. Children are provided with free access to computers in an open outdoor location. The informal environment enables children to acquire computer literacy, enhance their academic levels and imbibe other life skills. This project is an illustration of a public-private partnership between the Government of Delhi and NIIT (India's leading private sector corporation offering IT education, training and global IT learning solutions) to overcome digital illiteracy. 

Public-private partnership, minimally invasive education, computing skills, social networking, academic achievement

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Jha, S. and Chatterjee, S. (2005) Public-private partnership in a minimally invasive education approach. International Education Journal, 6 (5), 587-597.
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