“We saw that Nyumbani staff were giving these disadvantaged orphans all the safety, hope and love they could wish for”, says Dr Martina Amoth, Education Director at Avallain Foundation, “So now it was up to us to add our education expertise to the mix, teaching the orphans the knowledge and digital literacy skills which will help them succeed in the modern world.”
In April 2017, we installed a-ACADEMY English, Science and digital literacy content on all of the orphanage’s laptops. Then, we trained the staff to employ this content in the most efficient manner. As Volunteer Coordinator Sister Julia Mulvihill, IT Officer Ivan Kasibwa and his two interns listened, we realised that they understood the unique benefits of the software for both general education and digital literacy training.
As a fully KICD-approved program, a-ACADEMY allows the orphans to use their laptops as a blended learning tool, combining their learning experiences in school directly with those offered by the software and gaining valuable digital literacy skills in the process. Since the content is also fully adapted to the context of life in Kenya, the students engage with it more readily and gain knowledge valuable to their everyday lives. When we showed them some of our video content geared towards teaching how to treat and prevent cholera, it became evident just how important this approach really is: “You could not have played the video at a more relevant time”, Sister Julia Mulvihill told us, “With the outbreak of cholera in the country, the video is very relevant.”