Saturday mornings in Zambia will never be the same again. ZNBC, the oldest and largest radio and television service provider in the country, is now airing two new educational cartoon shows, Akili and Me and Ubongo Kids, which promise to help kids in Zambia learn in fun ways.
Akili and Me is a popular African preschool show aimed at 3 to 6-year olds. The show is about Akili, a curious 4-year-old who is transported to a magical world of learning when she falls asleep. Akili sings, dances, and learns to speak English, count, make art, and so much more!
The show was created in 2015 by Ubongo Learning, a Tanzania-based non-profit dedicated to helping kids learn through fun and imagination. Akili is the most watched preschool show in Tanzania, and a recent study by researchers at the University of Maryland found that kids who watch Akili outperform their peers by 24% in counting and 12% in overall school readiness after just 1 month of daily viewing!
Older kids will also be entertained by Ubongo Kids, another show by Ubongo Learning aimed at 7 to 16-year-olds. The show follows five friends who love learning science, technology, engineering, math, and life skills and use their new knowledge to solve problems and mysteries in Kokotoa Village. Ubongo Kids is already incredibly popular in East Africa, with over 6.2 million monthly viewers!
Currently, Akili and Me and Ubongo Kids are watched in over 30 countries across Africa, making them one of the most popular African-made cartoon shows on the continent. As the largest broadcasting network in Zambia, ZNBC is dedicated to providing Zambian people with the best content that not only entertains but also educates. So do these cartoons actually deliver on their promise?
Tune in to watch Akili and Me and Ubongo Kids every Saturday at 10 am on ZNBC and repeats on Thursday and Friday at 16:30 pm to find out!