Making Learning at Home Fun Through Mobile Gaming

Can we convert the time spent by children on the phone playing mobile games into something constructive? We believe so which is why we created 3 unique learning mobile applications to help children aged 4-6 learn letter sounds in a fun and engaging way. One of the...

Super Easy Homemade Slime Recipes

How To Make Oobleck Slime What You Need:  1 cup of cornflour One cup of water Food coloring (optional) Bowl  Spoon What To Do:  Add the cornflour and food coloring into a bowl and mix them together  Slowly add your water and start mixing using the spoon or your hands...

Kid-Friendly Resources To Help Your Child Stay Safe During COVID 19

As parents, we know the lingering questions your kids have during this unprecedented period: Why is everyone getting sick? Why is my school closed? When can I see my friends again?  Why do I always have to wash my hands? Why do we have to stay at home? Finding ways to...

Twelve Fun Easter Activities To Do With Kids At Home

Easter is usually buzzing with outdoor egg hunts, fun and family events over the long weekend, but this is not going to be an ordinary one due to the COVID 19 pandemic. All the fun and excitement is now left for us to create ourselves! So in our usual DIY spirit, to...

10 Cool Science Experiments For Kids To Do At Home

With the kids at home and schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents are seeking out resources to keep their minds engaged while they are at home. We have put together a list of 10 exciting experiments that your kids can do using at-home materials...

Our Team Values

Since making the first draft of our team values in 2015, we always believed that building a company based on strong and authentic values lied at the heart of the company we wanted to build. Over the past few years our values have shaped our team culture, have allowed...

L is for Local

“While mass education is a nationally-controlled institution, it clearly has a worldwide and universal character. Indeed, the curricula of mass educational systems show increasingly worldwide homogeneity and stability. Everywhere it is put forward as a...

Gaming: The fun, engaging and effective future of education

Learning can be, and must be, fun and magical.  And that is not simply a wish stemming from our own days as students bored to tears memorizing multiplication tables or listening passively to hour-long lectures.  It is science. Study after study, such as...

Human-Centered Design Matters

There’s a famous case study circulated in business schools about literally building the proverbial “better mousetrap.” As the story goes, a company in the ‘60’s set out to do just that, invested lots in design and unveiled a high-tech electronic...

Open-sourcing all of our educational content

oday, we’re releasing our entire literacy training path for free online, for anyone else to use. In the past 2 years of building SEMA, one of our largest challenges was finding pre-existing literacy content that followed the specific literacy training...

SIMA’s Beta version is finally ready!

When we applied to NORAD’S EduApp4Syria contest – thinking we’d adapt and translate the work we were already doing for children in Sub-Saharan Africa with SEMA – we had no idea how challenging this was going to be. We followed our drive to reach more...

Kukua’s Team Retreat: office-on-the-ground in rural Kenya

In early November, most of our team packed their bags and flew to Nairobi for our annual team retreat. As a globally-distributed team – with team members based in Rome, Nairobi, Modena, London, New York and Palo Alto – we do all of our work through Skype...

Building our capacity to test literacy impact

While our European engineering and design team is hard at work finalizing our game Sema, our local Kenyan team is equally hard at work running test sessions in slums around Nairobi, most notably in Kibera. We’ve been present on the ground for over a year,...

Our most popular game amongst our users!

After spending time with children in the slums of Nairobi, we discovered that one of their favorite mobile games was Temple Run. Together with our developing team, we therefore decided to build a number of levels of our game that revolved around similar...

Kukua aiming for the Global Learning XPRIZE!

Last month, we traveled to Paris and Nairobi to attend the two Global Learning XPRIZE summits. What is the Global Learning XPRIZE? The XPRIZE Foundation is a California-based nonprofit that catalyzes global innovation by running incentive prize...

We’re building our game for smartphones. Here’s why:

One of the most common questions we get is why we’re focused on building a game for smartphones: do people in Sub-Saharan Africa have phones? What types of phones? I thought I’d take a few minutes to answer that question. In 2011, Marc Andreessen, a famous...

Back from Nairobi where we tested our prototype

We just got back from Nairobi, Kenya, where we spent an intense two weeks testing our very first prototype with over 150 primary school children in Kibera slum. It was rewarding, exhausting, and amazing at the same time. To set up the pilot, we partnered...

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