Sugata Mitra

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Nominee: Natalia Arredondo

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. His idea of the Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) began in 1999, when his Hole in the Wall experiments revealed that given the right circumstances, children can teach each other almost anything. After being awarded the TED Prize, he built seven “Schools in the Cloud.” In 2014, Newcastle University launched SOLE Central, a research facility and a global hub for SOLE, and a “School in the Cloud” platform to connect SOLE practitioners around the world. SOLE is becoming part of mainstream education worldwide and increasing opportunities for thousands of people.

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