Field testing in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
12 October 2016: We meet our Swahili translator, Daniel, in person. And he sees the fruit of a year’s labour for the first time.
13 October 2016: We test the Swahili version of our app at the Nazareth School in Dar Es Salaam. The echoes of 6-year-olds’ excited voices – mingled with audio from different tablets – cause quite a din in the sparsely furnished classroom. But the children remain captivated.
These two 5-year-old Tanzanian pre-schoolers are already able to read when we give them the app to play on. This is how they engage with the Swahili version of our colourfully illustrated stories.
14 October 2016: Children between the ages of 6 and 10 from Daniel’s neighbourhood play on the Swahili version of the Leap to Know app. After 90 minutes’ playing the children still have not had enough. They shift positions – some later onto their stomachs – but remain absorbed. The beautifully upholstered furniture ensures good acoustics and the children have no problem hearing the audio.
After a short break, the children continue to play and learn.
15 October 2016: After a successful visit to Tanzania, we say good bye to our Swahili translator, Daniel. Thank you, Daniel, for helping to organise the testing of children in your neighbourhood and getting all the consent forms signed.
Testing at Ya Bana, Wintersveld, South Africa
25 March 2016: The English version of our app is being tested at Ya Bana Village for Children. In the shade of a big tree, the children are able to spread out so that the sound from other tablets does not interfere so much. Some children prefer to play together. Some prefer to sit far from the rest. Others decide to turn their backs to the sun. (Find an audio-visual presentation of this session at Ya Bana Village)
Testing near Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa
15 March to 14 June 2016: The Afrikaans version of our app is being tested at a farm school in the Western Cape. We are just in time to capture a boy explaining the gist of a story to the boy sharing the tablet with him.