Entertain kids in Africa to learn and love learning,

via the technologies they already have.



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 entertain kids to learn and love learning!

We produce Ubongo Kids, an interactive edu-cartooon that teaches math through fun animated stories and catchy original songs, and broadcasts on TV across East Africa. It's watched by over 900,000 weekly viewers in Tanzania. 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 watched in 1 out of 4 Tanzanian homes with a 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  more edutainment content for African learners, and lots more great spin-off products to support learners. Our first eBook, Kibena and the Math Rats is now available free on Google play Book store. 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're bringing kids in Africa a fun new way to learn, that opens the door to a future of digital learning!

Get in touch to find out more! info(at)ubongo(dot)co(dot)tz

Ubongo Kids

our animated edutainment show

Edu-cartoon watched by over 1.4 million Tanzanians 

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 animated edutainment TV series, watched by over 1.4 million viewers in Tanzania and available in over a million more households across East Africa. Animated characters Kibena, Kiduchu, Koba and Baraka go on adventures each episode, using their wits and knowledge of math to solve mysteries and problems in their community. With the help of Mama Ndege, a mathemcatical bird, Junior Jumbo, a frugal elephant, and Uncle T, a rapping giraffe, they find the fun in math!

Ubongo Kids Kiswahili currently screens weekday afternoons at 5pm on Star Swahili and weekend mornings at 9am on TBC1. Ubongo Kids English will be launching soon, and we are 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.

Watching Ubongo Kids leads to significant math improvement!


who are we?

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



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 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 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 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 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 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.


We're hiring!


We are looking for a full time PROJECT MANAGER to lead a project testing and scale Ubongo Kids Clubs in rural communities across Tanzania! We are looking for a leader who can mobilize a team, problem solve, and think outside of the box, to implement an experimental project testing new innovations. You will work with our passionate team in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and regularly travel in rural Tanzania.

Read the Job Description.
And fill out the application form here!
Please do not email CV's for this position. You must use the application form to apply. Thanks!


We are looking for a MONITORING & EVALUATION CONSULTANT to work with us in developing and implementing a long term monitoring and evaluation strategy for Ubongo edutainment products and services, as well as managing shorter term impact studies for specific edutainment products. This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, and may be full time or part time.
Read the Job Description.
And fill out the application form here!
Please do not email CV's for this position. You must use the application form to apply. Thanks!


We’re looking for a full time PRODUCT MANAGER for Ubongo Mobile and other upcoming mobile and digital products. You will manage the full product life cycle: planning, design, development, user testing, go-to-market, marketing, user engagement and expansion. Define product roadmap, and manage work across teams to execute.
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And fill out the application form here!
Please do not email CV's for this position. You must use the application form to apply. Thanks!


Ubongo is looking for an experienced DATA ANALYST who will work with the monitoring and evaluation and product management teams to ensure field data is rigorously gathered, systematically analyzed, and used to generate high quality, actionable information and reports. The data analyst position can be offered as full-time or part-time based on experience and the candidate will work from our office in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
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And fill out the application form here!
Please do not email CV's for this position. You must use the application form to apply. Thanks!


We're looking for a specialist in early childhood English language learning to work with us on new product development in Tanzania or remotely. You will work with our Education Manager, series producer and writing team to develop new content and services to help preschool aged children in Africa learn English and early literacy skills.

If interested in the position, please send an email with subject line EARLY CHILDHOOD ESL to jobs@ubongo.co.tz


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

Partners and Supporters






                PennGSEMilen Family Foundation kickstarter-badge-funded




We'd love to connect with you.
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Email: info{at}ubongo{dot}co{dot}tz

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