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Beyond Silicon Valley MOOC first Coursera course translated into African language

Posted 6.24.2015

Michael GoldbergKigali, Rwanda – Students at Kepler completed the first African language translation for Coursera, a leading provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The translation into Kinyarwanda now offers additional access to free online education to all learners in Rwanda.
The course, Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, is taught by Michael Goldberg, visiting assistant professor of design and innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Its focus is on how transitioning markets are experimenting with creative approaches to support the growth of entrepreneurs.
"I am so honored to be in the instructor of the first MOOC on Coursera with African subtitles. Beyond Silicon Valley, which is the most subtitled course on Coursera, now has subtitles in 13 languages, which deepens the understanding of the course material of students from around the world," Goldberg says. "The addition of Kinyarwandan subtitles is sure to increase the impact of the course throughout central Africa, including Rwanda."
Bertin Iradukunda, a student at Kepler Kigali and member of the translation team, adds, "Beyond Silicon Valley provides a unique take on entrepreneurship that will be especially useful for Rwandan learners, angel investors, and accelerators. We hope the course will boost start-up initiatives in the country."
Kepler, a university program based in Kigali, Rwanda combines open-source online content with in-person instruction, while offering a U.S. accredited degree to its graduates. The translation team—Jean De Dieu Muhire, Heritier Muhire, and Bertin Iradukunda—chose the course because of its relevance to the dynamic entrepreneurial spirit of Rwanda: creating businesses that are profitable but also meet the needs of local communities.
"Entrepreneurship has become a way of life in Rwanda, and Kepler trains its students in an entrepreneurial mindset," says Kepler CEO Chris Hedrick. "The Kepler translation team hopes that offering Beyond Silicon Valley to Kinyarwanda speakers will inspire Rwandans to create even more incredible startups and innovations for their country, the East African community, and the world."
The translation into Kinyarwanda is the first on Coursera, and the Kepler team plans to continue their work to increase access to quality educational content for all across Africa. On the continent, attending university is little more than a dream to most young people. Access to online resources such as Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies is a critical step in the availability of quality academic content for all learners, regardless of their language background.
"Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies" is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.
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