‘If you suggest something to a child it always precludes [what] that child could have done if you had not suggested it’ – Sugata Mitra
TED-Prize winner Sugata Mitra is a pioneer. Specialising in the education of children in underprivileged areas around the world, in places where schools are sparse, his award-winning approach lets children teach themselves a curriculum through computer-based learning. In this latest film from director Jerry Rothwell, we follow Mitra as he explores the possibilities of his theories; meets the teachers and students inspired by his method; and finally opens the 'School in the Cloud' classroom in the rural village of Korakati, India.
Not an educator by training, Mitra is a qualified computational physicist. Working for a tech company, with his offices next to a slum, he decided to build a computer in the wall to see if local children get far with it. He observed that their behaviour bore parallels with ‘edge of chaos’ theory: a completely disorderly process of group education, where the desire to learn is born out of curiosity. Mapping out his theorem on film, director Jerry Rothwell's The School in the Cloud sensitively records the lives of the local Korakati families for whom Mitra’s idea might be a way out.
The School in the Cloud will screen daily from Saturday, 20th October - please check back for more times and tickets.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ADVERTS PLAYED BEFORE FILMS IN THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN. ALL FEATURES WILL START PROMPTLY FOLLOWING A SELECTION OF TRAILERS.