Together with the Smart Africa initiative, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ) initiated the program “Africa Cloud – innovative e-learning offers for African leaps in development” with the aim of ensuring that innovative digital knowledge and learning offers reach people from different educational backgrounds in Africa more effectively and on a broad scale. From June to October 2019 Kiron worked with a team of experts on the first stage of this GIZ-lead project. The goal was a) to assess the e-learning readiness of the Smart Africa member states, b) to develop educational guidelines for the courses that were to be hosted on the new platform, named “Atingi”, and c) to produce a storyboard for the first learning unit on this platform in accordance with the didactical framework.
After a desktop-study for mapping the e-learning readiness of 24 countries of Smart Africa, Kiron teams conducted eight appraisal missions to verify the findings, identify and interview potential partners and develop detailed analysis and recommendations on how to proceed and in which educational areas to engage. The study together with analysis from the field missions to Niger, Togo, Guinea, Benin, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal resulted in a 280-paged report.
The storyboard was developed into one of the first courses on the Atingi platform, the 43 page educational guideline serve as the didactical framework for all coming learning material and the country reports informed GIZ and BMZ for their decision about the pilot countries of the project. As a follow-up Kiron was commissioned in May 2020 to develop a model of cooperation for the broadening partner network and will also apply to play a decisive role in successfully rolling out the platform in the pilot countries Niger, Togo, Benin and Rwanda as recommended by us.