If KICD was on the lookout for great digital content aligned with the curriculum, we had it. Our digital learning platform, a-ACADEMY, had content for science standard 6 that was already vetted and approved.
Before we could plan our way forward we received a phone call we did not expect. In that call KICD invited us to take part in the DLP. They wanted our a-ACADEMY to contribute to this ambitious, huge-scale project by installing it in all the devices to be delivered to all public schools in Kenya! That call meant a lot to us, we could see a-ACADEMY met the needs of KICD and of the DLP and it meant that in spite of the hurdles, we had worked in the right direction developing high-quality locally-relevant content. For us, it has always been essential to adhere to all regulations of the Ministry of Education and we worked hard to maintain international quality standards.
Our answer was clear. We would, of course, be ready to participate and we would be happy to donate our content to the Digital Literacy Programme.
KICD was very grateful for our donation but there was some more work to be done and it had to be done in record time. Text format changes were needed, further quality tests were run, there were fights with stubborn content management systems that refused to work at precisely the wrong moment, there was uploading of files, downloading of files and battles with an internet connection seemed to have never been so slow! Luckily our Avallain Author, an online authoring tool that Avallain AG generously shares with us, was a key time saver that made our lives easy. None of us are software experts and with this tool we could easily make quick changes and include all the technical requests from KICD to make our donation on time.
Finally, a-ACADEMY was zipped and uploaded, all the requested changes made exactly on time to meet the deadline. And one day, there it was, an appreciation letter from KICD saying that the content had been successfully received and handed over to the device manufacturer to be preinstalled in all devices for the deployment to all public primary schools in Kenya. We were looking at that message and yet we were not quite believing it.