​Utu: Building Character with Innovative Edu-cartoons

Nisha Ligon
Ubongo Learning Limited

Project Summary

Utu is the Swahili concept for humanity and moral goodness.

An important component of East African philosophy, Utu asserts virtues like kindness, gratitude, trust, respect, responsibility, self-love, and empathy as foundational strengths. This project uses modern communications (cartoons, television, internet, and SMS) to nurture the traditional concept of Utu in African youth, thus leading them towards a life of flourishing.

Using the Ubongo Kids educational entertainment platform, this project aims to promote the concept of Utu among children. With a current viewership of 6.4 million households, Ubongo Kids is an educational cartoon targeting children. Through this project, Ubongo Kids will devote an entire season to the concept of Utu, developing new characters and storylines focused on different strengths and how to incorporate them into daily life. The program will be available for free through established local channels in Tanzania and Kenya. After watching the show, viewers can access additional content such as activities on the Ubongo Kids website, encouraging social interactional learning and engagement with the concept of Utu.

The project will focus both on measuring the reach and reception of the new television season, as well as on outcomes related to children’s understanding and expression of Utu and related values. Ubongo Kids is a product of Ubongo Learning, a Tanzania-based company.

Project Details

Project Duration

15 March 201915 July 2020

Core Funding Area

Character Virtue Development

Initiative

Global Character

Region of Activity

Africa

TWCF Number

0363

Amount Awarded

$234,054

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