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A First in Kenya, TV Content For Deaf Kids

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: October 26, 2020  

Early this year Akili Network launched Akili TV, Kenya’s first and only dedicated free-to-air children’s learning channel. Akili TV has imaginative and educative content that parents can trust and children will benefit from. From fun science classes hosted by kids and moderated by qualified tutors to art lessons, virtual tours of famous tourist sites and cartoons solving math problems. 

Akili TV has been a great learning resource during this pandemic and recently, they launched ‘Our Time to Sign’, an initiative to make a portion of the content on Akili Kids! accessible to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This great initiative is a first in Kenya and aims to normalize sign language and inspire children who can hear to learn Kenya Sign Language. 

Akili has recruited 11 year old Grace, a child of deaf parents as one of their interpreters. Grace is fluent in Kenya Sign Language and Akili TV execs hope she’ll be relatable to the kids.

“It’s important to have young people sign children’s content. It makes the content less intimidating and more friendly to have a child providing the interpretations,” observes Hudson Asiema, Founder and CEO of Deaf eLimu Plus and a consultant for the project.

Here’s Akili TV’s Schedule and here’s where you can watch previous episodes on YouTube.

*Image: Akili TV

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