Free, relevant and inclusive – E-learning offerings from atingi
Wednesday morning on a soybean plantation in the heart of Benin - harvest time. Farmer Akono and his 15-member team wash the harvested beans in large wooden barrels. Akono is proud: three years ago, he almost had to abandon the farm due to a long drought. The outdated cultivation methods hardly produced any yields. However, things have changed when he got to know atingi.
"atingi" is a term from the world language Esperanto and means "to achieve something". A fitting name, for a German international cooperation project that helps young people from partner countries achieve a successful professional future. To achieve this goal, the innovative e-learning platform atingi provides free learning content that meets people's economic and local needs. Using a computer, tablet or smartphone, they can access atingi and significantly improve their chances on the local labor market. Particularly on the African continent, but also in other partner regions of German international cooperation, the number of people with access to the Internet is steadily increasing. atingi thus enables them to "achieve something". Farmer Akono uses the atingi app to learn more about innovative farming methods for his farm in Benin. atingi's open and modular system also lets him acquire knowledge in management. This new knowledge enables him to organize operations on his farm more economically. Courses such as "Sustainable energy resources for cultivation" bring topics such as sustainability into focus. This benefits not only Akono's farm, but also the land he cultivates.
The learning content is created in cooperation with local partners from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The atingi developers of the global project "Digital Transformation" cooperate with many companies and organizations from business, civil society, science and politics, such as the Smart Africa Initiative of the African Union or the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Moodle-based platform supports more than 100 languages, which means that atingi can be used as an e-learning component almost anywhere in the world.