The New Learner

The New Learner

The New Learner consortium engages formal and informal education organizations to explore how to build a network of learning opportunities for students.

The goal is to create new models of student-driven STEM learning that are engaging, lead to higher school completion rates, and promote "learning how to learn".


This consortium is led by the Agastya International Foundation (India).

New Learner in Action

CDI and Reach the World collaboration

Collaboration Matters – an international example from HP Catalyst

As a lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, two HP Catalyst projects are collaborating to reach at-risk young people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are helping to prepare as many as 200,000 marginalized youngsters (age 14 to 18) to interact successfully with the international visitors and businesses that are sure to attend these global events. The aim is to enable local youth to benefit from educational, employment, and societal opportunities arising from the World Cup and Olympic Games. The projects are also fostering intercultural exchange, understanding, and competence by introducing mentors to the daily lives, values, and dreams of Rio’s youth.

Working together for the first time in Rio, CDI and RTW are multiplying their impact on local youth.

The two organizations are Change through Digital Inclusion, (CDI) and Reach The World, (RTW). Both are part of the HP Catalyst New Learner Consortium (led by the Agastya International Foundation, India). Both are also described as “outstanding innovative Catalyst projects” – in December 2012, they jointly received one of just five coveted global HP Catalyst Leadership Grants to develop an online interactive ‘global competency’ course and deliver this course to the young people living in Rio’s favelas (shanty towns).

“Collaboration between the Catalyst consortia is one of the most exciting developments of the HP Catalyst initiative,” says Jim Vanides, Global Education Program Manager. “These two separate projects, both great in their own right, are working together to achieve amazing innovation in STEMx teaching and learning.”

Over the years, HP has donated hardware – including convertible tablet/notebook pcs, mobile workstations, servers, printers, and HP Virtual Room licenses to CDI and RTW.

CDI’s network extends across 717 centers in 12 countries. CDI uses its HP Catalyst grant to support centers in Brazil. Each center serves low-income communities, empowering marginalized youth to become agents of social change through the use of information technologies and communication.

RTW also connects the youth with volunteer global mentors (travelers and people who live in different parts of the world) through an online journalism program and face-to-face interviews. This helps to broaden youngsters’ perspectives of the world and of their own future prospects. RTW also strives to create model global citizens who understand how to collaborate to solve socially-pressing problems.

Working together for the first time in Rio, CDI and RTW are multiplying their impact on the local youth. Not only can these young people learn new skills, they can also receive essential mentoring support, helping to improve their educational and employment prospects. Several project enhancements are already in the pipeline. Both projects will benefit from the ongoing contribution of HP technology skills and innovative thinking – one exciting new idea is to create a system allowing groups of young people to self-select their preferred global mentor.