Education Creates Choice - Unlocks Human Potential
Avallain is a Social Enterprise based in Switzerland and Kenya. Experts in E-Learning and E-publishing, we are using ICT in Education to achieve a positive impact on human development. Our objective is to create solutions that develop the Internet as a tool for inclusion rather than an accelerating agent of the digital divide. At Avallain, we create software solutions which can be individually tailored to your needs. These systems provide you with the ICT support required to improve learning and lives around the world.
Over the last decade Avallain engineered solutions have reached several million users including our flagship systems for Basic Skills in Germany, Ireland and New Zealand and our Language Learning Systems such as the Macmillan English Campus, used around the globe since 2003.
Avallain has a carbon neutral policy for all its services. As part of this we participate in large scale tree planting initiatives in Europe and Africa. We also support a number of worthwhile projects including the Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign, the One Laptop Per Child foundation, KEWWEDO, the Gentiana Primary School and the Tumaini Secondary School.
Today, Ursula Suter and Ignatz Heinz share the management responsibilities and ownership of Avallain. While Ursula Suter has a solid background in education (AEB Zürich) as well as ample management and project experience, Ignatz Heinz contributes two decades of experience in multimedia, Computer Based Training and Internet systems. Both have a certificate in international Management of the University of St. Gallen.
Avallain supports the following organizations
Through the mass planting of trees (40.000 to date) with the fine people at Plant-Trees we assure that all our services are Carbon Neutral (and some headroom in case we get the numbers wrong).
In 2006, the Frankfurt Book Fair created a new key focus called “Education for the Future”. As the largest book and media fair worldwide, the Frankfurt Book Fair also takes responsibility for the promotion of basic education and media literacy.
Therefore it startet the Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign - LitCam - toghether with the cooperation partners UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and Bundesverband Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung e.V. Since spring 2010 LitCam is a non profit organisation. Avallain and Litcam work together on many levels.
We also work at reduced rates for our Non-Profit partners, such as
And last not least, we work with the following organisations to promote human development through education
BioVision – foundation for environment and development
BioVision is a nonprofit, apolitical and denominationally independent Swiss foundation for sustainable development. It works for the dissemination, implementation and application of scientifically founded methods for sustainable improvement of living conditions in Africa, as well as in the fight against poverty. BioVision encourages ecological thinking, action, and ‚Help for Self-Help’. Sustainable development can only take place through an integrated approach which takes into account ecological, economic and social factors. BioVision was founded in 1998 by Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren, with the aim to sustainably improve the living conditions of people in Africa and conserving nature as the basis of all life.
Avallain develops the online information system INFONET-BioVision providing small scale farmers and extension workers with sound and media rich information on pest and soil management, water treatment and aspects concerning the improvement of human and animal health.
University of Wolverhampton
Avallain works closely together with mobile learning experts John Traxler and Christopher Dennet at the University of Wolverhampton in developing appropriate access and dissemination solutions. www.wlv.ac.uk
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege. It’s not a laptop project. It’s an education project!
In 2002, MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte experienced first-hand how connected laptops transformed the lives of children and their families in a remote Cambodian village. A seed was planted: If every child in the world had access to a computer, what potential could be unlocked? What problems could be solved? These questions eventually led to the foundation of One Laptop per Child, and the creation of the XO laptop.
OLPC’s mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression, and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 per year per child (compared to an average of $7,500 in the United States).
By giving children their very own connected XO laptop, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future. And we’re also helping these countries develop an essential resource—educated, empowered children.
e-Learning for Kids
e-learning for Kids is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated to free and fun online learning (math, science, language arts, computers, English as a second language, and life/health skills) for kids of all ages. A volunteer staff consists of education and e-Learning experts and business professionals from around the world committed to making a difference.
The National Institute for Adult Continuing Education /NIACE)
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) England and Wales is a non-governmental organisation working for more and different adult learners. NIACE is the largest organisation working to promote the interests of learners and potential learners in England and Wales. NIACE has been involved in the development of literacy projects and programmes for basic education in Africa esp. in Uganda.
NIACE teamed up with Avallain E4D and BUFANET to jointly develop the idea of MarketInfonet: an internet-based and mobile phone driven market communication and e-learning system for small scale farmers and fishermen covering three areas: agricultural education, market information and basic skills training.
With a passion for education, innovation and the potential of the internet, Avallain is your reliable partner for the demanding challenges in development activities related to education and information technology.
With a track record of award-winning e-learning solutions for public and private clients and a unique stock of experience and software assets, Avallain’s team has decided to apply its experience where the impact is greatest: Human Development. Due to the special nature of development work, our services in this area range from basic research over standard design and the implementation of complex education/information ICT systems to the field work required to ensure the desired impact and sustainability of the solutions.