How kids teach themselves: Sugata Mitra on

At the LIFT Conference, in Geneva, Sugata Mitra discusses his “Hole in the Wall” project in India, which proved that kids, without education or instruction, can figure out how to use a PC on their own — and then teach other kids. Given this, he asks, what else can children teach themselves? (Recorded January 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. Duration: 20:59.)

(Note: We first posted this talk in November ’07, then took it offline for some necessary, and complicated, audio repairs. The sound quality is still not perfect, but the talk is so powerful, we’re thrilled to be able to share it.)

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