“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
How do you get kids involved in their own learning, and make it fun in the process? For Ubongo, the answer lies in something that kids already know and love: cartoons. For over 5 years, Ubongo has been producing educational content that over 6 million households across Africa watch, listen, and learn from every single week. We sat down with the Ubongo team to learn more about their work, and how hosting an
What problem does your organization solve?
There is a Kiswahili saying, “Elimu ni ufunguo wa maisha.” It means “education is the key that opens life”. We believe that if we can leverage media, technology and storytelling to bring engaging and relevant education to kids in Africa… then they can go on to change their own lives, communities, and the future.
HALF of the African population are kids & youth, and we believe that they have the potential to solve the continent’s most intractable problems, from health to governance to poverty. But they need the education and inspiration to get there.
How does your organization create social impact?
Ubongo is Africa’s leading producer of kids’ ‘edutainment’, a new form of entertainment with learning and education as the goal. As a non-profit social
Our programs significantly improve school readiness and learning outcomes for kids, and also promote social and
Why did your organization choose to host an experteer?
It is always great to get a different perspective on things, particularly from people who have a ton of experience from bigger and more competitive markets. As we grow, we are encountering new challenges and opportunities that we haven’t before, and hosting an experteer is an ideal way to build the skills of our team members, and also help our team improve its operations and processes as we scale.
How did the experteer add value to your organization?
What advice do you have for finding and working with experteers?
Find someone who feels a connection and passion for your work and mission. Particularly for this kind of work, a shared mission that the experteer really identifies with is important to set yourself up for success. [Editor’s note: We whole-heartedly agree!]
What could an
To learn more about how we ensure that skilled volunteers land with impact, see our feature in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) or get in touch with a team member. Let’s work together to make a difference!