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Hyderabad: children from the slums took part in a computers-in-education project (photo: dpa)

Geopolitics: Computers help educate the poorest and most remote

An education project which used computers to help the poorest children in an Indian slum and sparked the idea for an Oscar-winning film has gone on to help children globally and bring learning to every part of the world. GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon explains how it happened.

A FILM which grossed multi-millions of dollars and won global acclaim had its roots in an innovative education project in India which brought learning to some of the poorest children.

The film script was based on an experiment led by the man who was at the time the chief scientist at the National Institution of Information Technology (NIIT) in Delhi, India.

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
As no help was given to the children from the slums when the computers were set in place, they had to invent their own Hindi names for icons and applications
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