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About

so what do we do?
Ubongo is a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates interactive edutainment for learners in Africa, delivered to them via the technologies they already have. We produce Ubongo Kids, an interactive edu-cartooon that teaches math through fun animated stories and catchy original songs, and broadcasts on TV to over a million households in East Africa. Students can interact live via SMS, answering questions while they watch and getting personalized feedback from their favorite cartoon characters. We want to transform learning for the 440 million under 16’s in Africa by bringing them a fun new way to learn, that opens the door to a future of digital learning.

Ubongo Kids, is an interactive cartoon series that teaches math to kids through fun, animated stories. The show is currently broadcasting on TBC1 (Tanzania's national public broadcaster) Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am in Tanzania, on Star Swahili everyday at 5pm in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, and is is also available online as webisodes. Visit www.ubongokids.com for more!

In our first 9 months Ubongo Kids has reached 6% of all households in Tanzania, with viewership in 1 out of 4 homes with a working TV. And it's helping them improve in math! Children in rural schools watching Ubongo Kids over 6 months showed significantly greater improvement on subject-specific math quizzes than those in a control group watching an alternative TV series.

We're in development on a more edutainment content for African learners, and lots more great spin-off products to support learners. We make content that's both fun and educational, and we focus on engaging and story-driven media that helps learners to understand concepts... not just memorize them.

We want to enable and empower learners in Africa, regardless of their age, gender, location and economic means, to access digital content that educates and inspires as it entertains.


Ubongo Kids

our animated edutainment show

Africa's clever new cartoon! 

Watch a webisode of Ubongo Kids! Click [cc] for English subtitles.
And check out our Themesong in English for the upcoming Ubongo Kids English!
Ubongo Kids is an exciting new animated edutainment TV series for students in East Africa. Animated characters Kibena, Kiduchu and Koba go on adventures each episode, using their wits and knowledge of math to solve mysteries and problems in their community. We're making versions in both Kiswahili and English, and looking for partners interested in translating the show to other languages.

Not only is this the first animated series in Tanzania... it's also the first truly INTERACTIVE show.  Through our very own live interaction system, students can participate via SMS, from even the most basic mobile phones.  They will be able to answer questions, participate in challenges and score points to win prizes.

Visit the Ubongo Kids website.







Team

who are we?

Creatives, educators and techies with a passion for education...

NISHA LIGON

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Nisha is a social entrepreneur passionate about education. She has a background in learning design and was formerly Content Maestro at The Virtual School, where she spearheaded the production of an interactive video platform for UK students. She has produced content for the BBC and the Guardian, and also directed award winning documentary Twiga Stars. She has an MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College London and a B.S. in Biology from Yale University. At Ubongo, she's lead visionary, series producer/ screenwriter, and "cartoon mama" who does whatever it takes to get our products made, tested and released!

DOREEN KESSY

COO / CFO

Doreen is a business management professional passionate about bringing forth social change in Tanzania and Africa at large. She has worked at various organizations including International Justice Mission, Wells Fargo and Smile for Africa. Doreen also designed poverty relief programs implemented in Zimbabwe and Zambia. She has an MBA and a B.S in International Business and Economics from Liberty University in Virginia. She also does the English voice of Ngedere on Ubongo Kids!

CLENG'A NG'ATIGWA

CO-FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Cleng’a is a talented composer, director and animator. He has run camps, workshops and training programs for students in Tanzania and the USA. He also sculpts, paints, makes documentary films, performs standup comedy, animates, and is a true Tanzanian Renaissance Man. He has worked with the YMCA, Wahapahapa and numerous schools in Tanzania. At Ubongo, he composes all of our original songs, directs the Ubongo Kids voice actors, and voices six characters (and counting...) himself. His voice is famous across Tanzania as the voice of Mama Ndege, everyone's favorite mathematical bird!

RAJAB SEMTAWA

CO-FOUNDER & LEAD ANIMATOR

Rajab has over 7 years experience as a professional animator in Tanzania. He trained at Media One Productions and has worked on a multitude of educational and commercial animation projects in Tanzania. He has developed all of the characters in Ubongo Kids and never ceases to surprise us with his creativity. In the past he has animated educational videos for NGO's and adverts for companies like Vodacom.

ARNOLD MINDE

CO-FOUNDER & CTO

Arnold is a software engineer and mobile developer. His project Safari Yetu won Startup World Tanzania in 2012 and GIST in 2013. Arnold is passionate about using technology for social change and is a specialist in building systems for use on the most basic mobile phones. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Dar es Salaam and is an alumni of the United World College.

SHUGHUDU TIRANE

ADMINISTRATOR

Shughudu is an experienced administrator and project manager who has previously worked with Hivos, the Tanzania Media Foundation, and the Tanzania Institute of Media Education. She keeps us all in line at Ubongo, and make sure that everything runs smoothly. Her daughters Melody, Emmy and Melissa can be heard singing on the Ubongo Kids themesong.

Jobs

We're looking for a writer. Details below:



EDUCATION MANAGER

We're looking for a passionate teacher or educationalist to join us full time in Tanzania! If you join us, you'll work on developing and refining our curriculum (for Ubongo Kids and new products) and collaborate with our awesome creative team to write and produce educational cartoons. You'll also take a leading role in our user testing and monitoring & evaluation, to ensure that we're creating the best possible edutainment for African learners.

Download the Job Description

And fill out the application form here!

Application Deadline: Mon. Oct. 20, 2014

Please do not email CV's for this position. You must use the application form to apply. Thanks!



BILINGUAL WRITER (ENGLISH & KISWAHILI)

Want to write for the cleverest cartoon around? We're looking for someone to work with the team to write teleplays for Ubongo Kids and other TV and radio projects in both English and Kiswahili.

Download the Job Description

To apply:
Please email a CV, an English writing sample, a Kiswahili writing sample and a paragraph about why you want to write for the cleverest cartoon around to:
jobs@ubongo.co.tz

Contact

We'd love to connect with you.
connect with us!

Email: info{at}ubongo{dot}co{dot}tz

And keep checking back here at www.ubongo.co.tz for more!