Quantitative research, though rigorous, does not capture the full impact of the Hole-in-the-wall idea. The real transformation can only be fully captured by hearing what the various stakeholders viz. the Children, Teachers and Parents have to say. We bring you the softer dimension of the HiWEL story.
Rukhsar (Girl, 12): "I like these Learning Stations as I have learnt so many new things from it. I have benefited tremendously which has helped me in my studies. I never realized that I could ever work with computers. I feel that all the children of my locality should learn computers only then can they learn about the new scientific developments."
Feroz (Boy, 12): "I learnt most of it from Rubina. Yes, I have learnt a lot about Dinosaurs, how to join bones, worked on the virtual lab and many other interesting things."
Amit (Boy, 13): "I like English the most because I am comfortable with it. I have learnt a lot about English spellings from the computers. I have learnt everything on my own."
Chanchal (Girl, 12): "I love solving Maths problems. I find that very interesting. I have learnt it from my sister Raj. I have taught my friend Shilpa."
Kunchok Nawang (teaches English, Hindi and Ladakhi): "I have seen that children enjoy learning at the computers because there they have music, sound, color, and pictures. 'Apney aap, khel khel mein seekhtey hain'. I have found that children get either tired or bored listening to 40 minutes of lecture in the classroom…. They can learn in an interesting way at the computers, so their mind stays fresh. It is good that children can hear stories in Hindi and English on the computer, - they can learn Hindi and English that way. They can also learn Science and Maths…".
Tsering Angchuk (teaches Social Studies, Maths): "The parents of these children often do not take an interest in their studies. I think it is due to two reasons - one, they are illiterate themselves; and two; they do not have to pay for their children's education as this is a government school. The computers are very useful… for the children to learn on their own".
Ms. Amarjeet Kaur (School Principal from Ludhiana, Punjab): "There were some behavioral changes in the children which she had not observed earlier and that they were learning".
Tashi Dolkar (Headmistress from Leh, Ladakh), posted in Stok: "Children learn in a play way, they find pictures interesting, they find it fun to do things hands-on; books contain only theory. We have allotted time slots for each class right from class 1, within school hours, when they can come to use the computers. Class 10 students have requested for some time after school hours when they can use the computers. So we will keep the machines on for an hour or two after school as well".
Zarina Bano (Parent, Madangir): "(The Learning Station) is good for the children and their studies...(it) helps them in their school work".
Mahendra Pal Ahuja (Shopkeeper, Madangir): "In today's world, children need to learn computers (and do so at the Learning Station)".
Kamla (Parent, Madangir): "Assessment at the Learning Station helps children".
The village priest performs pooja at the setting up of a Learning Station in Tamil Nadu.