Yaaka Digital Network
A learning&training platform offering online&offline learning materials input&access, interactions&tools for digital learning& training.
What problem does your innovation solve?
Although their is progress towards achieving better education, significant challenges remain, which must be overcome to meet the goal of achieving better education, especially for children from less privileged backgrounds, adolescent girls, hard to reach areas, and those in areas facing natural disasters and instability. The inadequate payment of teachers, huge fees burden from the private schools and also schools not finishing the syllabi.
Explain your innovation.
The Yaaka Digital Learning Network (YDN) is an award winning1 digital media platform for students and trainers in university, tertiary institutions, secondary school, pre-primary and primary to learn/train, mentor and share in academics, social and extracurricular activities of their interest, and to especially share and access digital academic materials in text, audio or audiovisual/video; as well as hold or attend classes on internet connected computers or on their mobile digital gadgets. See www.yaaka.cc/course . We have also built custom Yaaka Tablet computers that come with all courses on www.yaaka.cc preinstalled as offline app.
YDN is a trainer-to-student, student to student, student to trainer Internet platform (available on mobile digital gadgets as well) providing university, secondary school students, primary school learners and trainers with the opportunity to organize or attend classes online, offer and do assignments, award performance, provide trainer evaluations, provide and access or buy, sell & trade academic books and notes, participate in classes, discussions, , form groups and discussion forums (based on their courses and topics of interest), interact with anyone on www.yaaka.cc. Yaaka DN promotes the efficient use of the available equipment and human resources of any University, Institute, College or School •
image to show a students guide of Yaaka
this is a user manual for the tablet computer we developed
The YDN enables students, trainers and publishers to run interactive classes, provide, share, buy, sell, and trade academic materials (including class notes for any subjects) online, on mobile.
Yaaka DN promotes the efficient use of the available equipment and human resources of any University, Institute, College or School and the country at large. Trainers (teachers, lecturers, tutors) can be seamlessly shared on digital platforms created, and so will learners (students, trainees, those upgrading or needing a particular skill) will be mobilized into this network and can easily (cost effectively) be reached by those targeting them. This can also help in widely shared goals of improving education in any country, especially for the underserved. To wit,
Development & implementation of evidence-based policies&strategies addressing barriers to participation&learning for the most vulnerable children, including adolescent girls, children with disabilitiesor those affected by emergencies
How is your innovation unique?
Yaaka is like Coursera, Udemy, &similar learning platforms. In addition to offering locally relevant academic content and interactions, we built Yaaka as a 4in1 product for digitalising learning&teaching. It consists of: The web app www.yaaka.cc where trainers&learners can signup for accounts to input and access learning materials in text, pictures, audio, video&graphics at their convenience on any gadget that can access the internet and a web browser. We built it as a market place of learning materials and a social network for learning with interactive features for groups, discussion forums, friendship, selling of courses, metered learning, quizzes, assignments, content drip feed, online&offline courses, live classes, points accumulation, student evaluation, etc. 2. The Yaaka offline app which enables people to access www.yaaka.cc as an offline app on their gadget so one can learn anytime anywhere without needed access to the internet. 3 The Yaaka tablet computer&Yaaka Plus for instit
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
Dependence on a few people: Yaaka's technical development and business planning is still centered on the team leader and we need to see more skills and vision contributors that can sustain the product should the chief architect become incapable or unavailable. We are seeking and creating more serious partnerships, investors and recruiting more knowledgeable staff to be central to production. Lack of local production capacity: The inability to produce the materials needed to build tablet computers, routers and distributors means we continue to order parts from foreign lands (currently China and Singapore) which is costly and dependent on external market conditions.
Tell us more about you.
We are business(social enterprise)Our management Team is made of technologies, content developers&educations. Gerald Businge, the Team Leader is a web developer&Lecturer at Makerere University. He leads the technical developments in Yaaka, the product testing and planning for Yaaka. Jane Ndibarekera is a Multimedia content specialist and is the Content Manager of Yaaka. She works with teachers, designers , content producers and reviewers to ensure we have value add content, bernard Lubandi etc
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Emergency Setting - Elaborate
We believe that we shall be able to Enable easy, quick and affordable access of academic and educational materials online, on mobile tools and offline as relevant to the users. Promote the sharing of good knowledge, trainers, facilitators and materials. Support the offering of academic materials in multimedia to boost understanding and learner convenience&Distribute 10,000 educational tabs with the Ugandan syllabus to disadvantaged children and youth so that learners and trainers share materials
Where will your innovation be implemented?
refugee camps in Uganda
Schools that have compues but dont have content on them. We can create a networked solution for themYaaka Plus for Institutions where we deliver a networked Yaaka installation to an education institution- which networked Yaaka can be accessed by any number of learners&trainers connected to the same LAN or wireless network at any campus/ learning venue (not needing internet). Yaaka Plus consists of a computer set with networked version of yaaka offline, a router&abooster.
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Current or potential investors
Ultimate Multimedia Consult, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Uganda Development Company
Ministry of Education , Uganda Communications Commission, National Curriculum Development Center, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Science and Mathematics Teachers Association
I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.
Sector Expertise - Elaborate
We have developed platforms including for a number of schools, mobile apps and content generation for different countries. Out team is made up of app developers multimedia specialists, content developers and producers, trainers among otherss
Roll-out/Ready to Scale: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.
We are a registered for-profit company (including social enterprises).
We are based in Uganda
Plot 169 gaba road
P.OBox 36665 Kampala Uganda