Updated Jun 20, 2018

Ubongo

Educartoons & SMS for Engaged STEM Learning

http://www.ubongokids.com/
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Nisha Ligon

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Snapshot

Stage 2: Research & Development

Ubongo Kids​ has been broadcasting in Tanzania since January 2013, and is watched in 600,000 -1,000,000 Tanzanian households each weekend. With an average of 2.4 viewers per household, Ubongo Kids reaches over 2 million children. Our impact studies have shown that children who watch Ubongo Kids episodes show math learning outcomes significantly greater than children who watch other, non-­educational cartoons.
The target market is kids between age 4 -17 years in rural and peri-rural communities with limited access to electricity.

Focus Areas:

Education and Basic Education

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Implemented In:

Tanzania

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2,000,000
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
$149,944
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding

Innovation Description

We create fun, interactive edu-cartoons, that help kids learn, and love to learn on technologies they already havethrough animated stories and catchy original songs. DIV Stage 1 funding is supporting a pilot project to increase the reach of this content to rural areas.
How does your innovation work?
It is exciting to explore the possibility of getting our top quality, fun, localized, educational content to kids in rural communities in Tanzania. By leveraging existing video banda’s, we are able to do this at low cost and in a sustainable fashion. We want to transform learning for the 440 million kids in Africa, and the only way we can do that is if we are also reaching the poorest kids.We want to use lessons learned from these communities and the project to develop a scalable model for UKC’s to reach children in rural communities across Tanzania without need for external funding to sustain them. Should the solution scale successfully in Tanzania, we would seek to expand it into new countries and markets.

Planned Goals and Milestones

  • Our target impact is to see improved learning outcomes and educational performance for children in rural Tanzania.
  • Our project outcomes is to have improved access to educational resources for children in rural Tanzania, communities to adopts innovation and Ubongo Kids Club continue beyond project and other communities see value & business model, then adopt innovation and launch own Ubongo Kids Club.
  • Our long term goal is to use experiences from those communities to develop a scalable model for UKC’s to reach children in rural communities across Tanzania without need for external funding to sustain them. Should the solution scale successfully in Tanzania, we would seek to expand it into new countries and markets. This will involve the development of an Ubongo Kids Club kit and training for community ambassadors and video banda operators who wish to start Ubongo Kids Club in their communities. These would be promoted through radio, social media, and TV.
  • Our goal is that someday, any community in Tanzania that wishes can start its own Ubongo Kids Club, by leveraging their existing screening centers or working with our technology partners to rent or buy electrified screening centers, then bringing children together to learn through Ubongo Kids.

We will work with communities to develop ​UKC’s​, each facilitated by a community ambassador. In communities with existing screening spaces, we will incentivize the operators to host ​UKC’s​ during off­hours that generally have low attendance by adult audiences. In communities without existing video bandas we will help the local community install solar powered video units to screen Ubongo Kids and other educational content. We will test a number of different funding and screening.Through these activities we will also rigorously test the educational impact of this localized edutainment content on children in non­-electrified rural areas, and examine the effect of frequency of ​UKC ​attendance on children’s numeracy and science abilities.

Milestones

Mar 2018
Aug 2015
Date Unknown
Lives Impacted
2,000,000
Date Unknown
New Country
Tanzania