Radio Literacy Models in Uganda 🇺🇬

📅 Sept 2020 – Ongoing

Key Sandbox Question: What is the most fit-for-purpose model for radio instruction for out-of-school children?

Generating evidence in the following areas

Subject:  #literacy Age:  #primary Place:  #Uganda #rural
People:  #student_male #student_female #teacher #caregiver Product:  #radio Business Model:  #donor
The Problem

Hundreds of thousands of school-age children in Uganda have been forced to stay at home due to COVID-19. In response, Mango Tree is implementing Interactive Radio Instructions (IRI) in the Lango Region of Northern Uganda.

Radio has always been seen as a cost-effective tool, with high potential in areas with low resources, and minimal connectivity and energy infrastructure. The Sandbox is exploring a new radio teaching model that is focused on local language instruction and is experimenting with adding human factors as well as supplementary print materials to test the effectiveness of radio as a medium.

What we’re doing
  • Creating a radio show, guidebooks for ‘co-teachers’ (older siblings or others in a household or community who can supplement radio), and other printed materials.
  • Gather rapid data on impact on literacy competencies of children from the “people + materials + radio” model and iterate it
  • Capture the experiences and behaviours of co-teachers, children and caregivers, iterating the model based on this feedback.
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