Know Zone Rwanda

Know Zone supports literacy, numeracy and life-skills learning through a combination of drama, storytelling, animation and studio-based programmes, backed up with interactive support materials.
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The Mediae Company
Cambridge Education [Fund Manager]
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This program was piloted with support from the Innovation for Education Fund, a partnership between the Governments of Rwanda and the UK, managed by Cambridge Education


In 2014, Know Zone began its first ever series in Rwanda for children in P6 (11-12 years old). Know Zone Rwanda supports literacy, numeracy and life-skills learnt through a combination of drama, storytelling, animation and studio-based programs, backed up with interactive support materials. However, adapted to best suit the context, Know Zone Rwanda is less broadcast-led and places more of an emphasis on being used in classrooms with the addition of interactive activities and explanations in Kinyarwanda to support emerging English language skills. During the course of every Know Zone Rwanda program, audiences and teachers alike are invited send an SMS from their mobiles to 7788 if they would like any help and advice detailing more, critical information on the key issues covered, or if they wish to interact with the show on other issues. Know Zone is unique in becoming the first ever children’s TV show in the country, as well as using a solely Rwandese crew and cast. The show has been received positively by critics and viewers alike as children make the difficult change from French to English.

Highlighting Innovation: 
This project introduced the country’s first edutainment TV programme, based on the KnowZone experience in Kenya. It uses various technologies in the classroom to impact teaching practices and teacher performance and use of ‘smart’ ICT devices.
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Persistent challenges in the quality of Rwandan primary school have been a Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), children should have “skills in the area of communication, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and use of information technology”.