The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr takes a look at the ‘granny cloud’ – volunteers using Skype to help poor children around the world educate themselves. Despite this nickname, the volunteer teachers of the School in the Cloud are of various ages. The educational experiment was started 15 years ago by a professor at the University of Newcastle when he was working in India.

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Sugata Mitra with children at a hole-in-the-wall project in Delhi in 2011 Photograph: TED
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