Creating Edutainment TV for Kids in Africa: A Conversation with Ubongo

"Learning from Ubongo's work on edutainment in Africa."

The World Bank's EduTech team is speaking with educators around the world to see how they are innovating and supporting continued teaching and learning during COVID-19. In this ... view more

About the Presenters

Nisha Ligon

Co-founder and CEO, Ubongo, Africa

Nisha is a social entrepreneur with a background in media and science, and a passion for education. She has produced content for the BBC, the Guardian, online learning platforms, and an award winning documentary, Twiga Stars. She has an MSc. from Imperial College London and a B.S. from Yale. At Ubongo, she’s lead visionary, series producer/ screenwriter, and does whatever it takes to get our products made, tested and released!

Cliodhna Ryan

Head of Education, Ubongo, Africa

Cliodhna comes from Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in education, she worked as a primary school teacher, bringing play-based learning to her classes of early learners. She came to Tanzania in 2017 as an Education Specialist with UNICEF. An advocate for lifelong learning, she completed a Master’s degree in International Development during this time. Now, as Head of Education at Ubongo, she makes sure that our content is not only entertaining but educational too. She firmly believes that the best way to learn is by having fun!

Sharon Zacharia

Global EduTech team, World Bank

Sharon Zacharia is a consultant to the Global EdTech team at the World Bank within the Education Global Practice. She supports the team with analytical, technical, research, and operational inputs. Her experience lies within international education across India and Africa, where she has worked with policymakers, hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students in high-need communities – in the capacity of an education policy analyst, teacher coach, as well as a teacher since 2011. She has supported digital skills in Africa within the Digital Economy For Africa initiative, a $25 billion flagship initiative of the World Bank. She has worked on policy and partnerships at Bridge International Academies, an IFC beneficiary and one of the largest chains of low-cost schools across Africa and Asia. She has supported Stanford University with a higher education research study. She has also worked with Teach For India, a non-profit within education in India, and is a key member of the Teach For All network, working as a teacher coach, program manager, and teacher. She has a Masters in International Education Policy with a focus on Technology in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s College in India.

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