Tunakujenga education

Using edu-tainment to support children's social and emotional learning at home

Tunakujenga is a family learning program that empowers caregivers to learn and practice social and emotional learning activities with their children at home.
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Information Flows

Displaced people live in challenging circumstances where accurate information can become difficult to obtain. Strengthening information flows can aid in decision-making and make their circumstances easier to manage.

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Mental Health

Supporting the mental health needs of displaced people will be crucial to helping them lay the groundwork for future success.

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Urban Housing

Rapid urbanization in many parts of the world has led to a great deal of challenges ensuring the availability of adequate housing. In the Middle East, this is coupled by...

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Voluntary and Spontaneous Returns

As people displaced by the Syria crisis begin returning to their homes, new approaches will be needed to deal with the unprecedented scale of returns.

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Displacement Insurance

Displacement insurance disburses funds for swift life-saving action during crises, with an overall aim to make humanitarian aid more agile.

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Placement Algorithm

U.S.

Airbel is piloting and scaling an innovative machine learning algorithm developed by the Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab that matches refugees in areas where they are likely to thrive when...

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Pop Up Learning

Bangladesh

Pop-Up Learning is a computer-assisted learning program, aimed to mobilize quickly and efficiently on the onset of crisis.

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Resettlement Finance

In this new model for refugee resettlement finance, a self-sustaining fund provides countries with finance for refugee resettlement, and is replenished as refugees fuel economic growth.

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Trade Accelerator

Focused support for Jordanian businesses to foster rapid growth and help them tap into the European market and hire refugees to do so.

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nutrition

Virtual Baby

This portable game would let children earn points for raising a happy baby, teaching them about sexual health and nutrition.

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Ask Laila

A hotline, SMS, and web-based service to help resettled refugees get quick answers from a trusted local source - in their own language.

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Sprout

Niger

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.

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Spark

Tanzania

Spark creates alternative learning spaces outside of refugee camp schools to practice play-based learning and social-emotional skills with primary school children.

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Caseworker Communications

United States

In partnership with Twilio.org, Airbel is developing an SMS-based system to streamline communication between caseworkers and newly-settled refugees as they adapt to their new lives in the United States.

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Coach Everu

Tanzania

Coach Erevu is a digital coaching program that aims to build the social emotional skills of teachers through weekly peer-to-peer video clubs, timely habit triggers, and bite-sized teaching materials

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Low-Literacy Malnutrition Tools

South Sudan

In hard-to-reach areas local community health workers are key to treating malnourished children. Commonly used tools for diagnosing and treating malnutrition have been adapted to meet the needs of workers...

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Match

Jordan

Working to counter the high rates of unemployment that follow mass displacement, the Match project in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for placing vulnerable populations and refugees...

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Sesame Seeds

In this historic effort, IRC and Sesame Workshop help children whose lives have been uprooted by the Syrian war to build brighter futures.

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Tunakujenga

Tanzania

Tunakujenga is a family learning program that empowers caregivers to learn and practice social and emotional learning activities with their children at home.

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Becoming One

Uganda

Becoming One is a counseling program designed to bring couples closer and prevent intimate partner violence. The program is delivered in partnership with local faith leaders, who guide couples through...

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Modern Man

Liberia

Modern Man is a mobile messaging campaign that engages men with an aspirational and positive masculine identity to prevent intimate partner violence. It sends SMS messages to men who have...

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In partnership with Ubongo, Africa’s leading children’s edutainment and media company, Tunakujenga aims to cultivate new learning behaviors in the family, focused on teaching children social emotional skills (SEL), such as grit and problem-solving skills. Leveraging the wide reach of television and existing faith-based networks to reach caregivers wherever they are, Tunakujenga builds on existing community practices to encourage family learning and SEL as part of their daily home routines.

September 2018 | Pilot begins

Tunakujenga is piloted with faith leaders and caregivers

February 2018 | Content creation and program design

Concept takes on the name Tunakujenga, which means “we build you” in Swahili. Recorded 10 videos with Ubongo, cards and other learning materials.

November 2017 | Second round of prototyping with caregivers

This second round of prototyping narrowed in on designing for caregivers. Conducted a design sprint on caregiver clubs in churches and schools.

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September 2017 | Prototyping sprint in Tanzania

Prototyping sprint takes place in Tanzania to test three mobile-based concepts. One focused on caregivers, one on youth, and one - which later became Coach Erevu - on teachers. The sprint aimed to understand current technology use, feasibility and desirability of different mobile channels of delivery, and validating the concept of teaching SEL through different parties.

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August 2017 | Prototyping plan for caregivers concept

A complete plan for prototyping a mobile learning experience for caregivers to deliver Social Emotional Learning messages is developed. This plan includes work which will later evolve to be named Coach Erevu.

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June 2017 | Product requirement and project plan finalized

This document is an overview of Dandelion’s product requirement, followed by a more detailed project plan. It aims to answer the fundamental questions that will drive our next 12 months of work.

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August 2016 | Design brief created

Brief on how to build on user experience for education in conflict areas in Niger and Tanzania.

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June 2016 | Field research

The team conducts initial field research in Niger and Tanzania, generating sacrificial concepts for discussion.

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We develop new solutions to better serve people suffering the effects of conflict and crisis.