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Creative Box TV Show https://www.devioearlychildhoodinstitute.org/remote-learning-activities-for-kids

Creative Box TV show is a creative hands-on program designed to inspire creativity, curiosity and problem solving skills in children 2-16yrs

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In Ghana, all schools are closed due to Covid-19. About 65% of children in the country, especially those from low income families do not have access to virtual learning opportunities because their teachers do not have the tools to teach them remotely, and their parents cannot afford virtual learning tools and resources to support the new way of learning.  

The Ghanaian curriculum is also built on a theory based approach which does not encourage creativity,learning through play nor promote inclusion and prosocial behaviors in the classroom. This theory based way of teaching is extremely difficult to deliver virtually, especially to young children. For instance educators in the country who even have access to some virtual learning tools and resources but lack the playful way of engaging children coupled with the lack of activity-based approaches are not able to make impact on children’s full participation or get children excited to come online everyday to learn. During this crisis and beyond, it is important to offer children programs and learning methods that are fun, interactive and practical to strengthen their exploration and imaginative skills using a cost-effective model that is very easy on the pockets of parents and accessible to all children. 

In the interim, we are offering distance learning opportunities to children in Ghana by sending their parents and teachers weekly hands-on activities in video formats, they can practice at home.

Various research reports estimate that about 46 out of 52 households in the country have a television set and all local channels are accessible nationwide across all 10 regions of the country even in the most obsolete remote areas.Our idea is to scale the CREATIVE BOX program on TV so we can support at least 10,000 children.The show educates children between the ages of 5-16 using a creative hands-on and language enhancement model that helps children enrich and explore their vocabularies while tapping into their creative sides.We have ready 13 episodes for the first season and is currently working on the concept note for season two which will feature robotics,Ghanaian sign language, and science activities, making CREATIVE BOX the first inclusive national TV program in Ghana that would be accessible to both deaf and hearing children.https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/building-global-momentum-introduce-sign-language-early-childhood-education

Our model focuses on using basic materials children can easily find at home including already used materials they can recycle, without any expensive budgets on the income of parents.The show would introduce weekly a 30 minutes activity children can follow and practice at home.This will enable children build up a virtual team work experience, while applying their reasoning and concentration skills. Teachers and educators can follow up on the program by asking parents to post the finished work of their children in a whatsApp group, this would enable parents and teachers build a positive relationship and determine which areas of education needs improvement. It would also help us collect feedback,data and measure the progress of children's learning experience from the show, this would helps us improve the program content. In areas with no access to television at all, educators and parents can subscribe to a short code and receive weekly videos they can share in their whatsApp groups at a small fee. The program once aired will invite companies to run short advertisements so we can pay for the cost of air-time, however once we have increased viewership we would switch to a monthly subscription model as our long-term sustainability plan.
With our Creative Box TV app, parents can download our videos for their kids to follow the activities at their own free time. The app would also helps us maximize the number of educators we train, by providing recorded training sessions for parents and teachers to download and watch at their own time.


What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Our educational system in Ghana is not fashioned on the level of creativity, teachers are more focused on the theoretical way of learning instead of a practical and hands-on learning approach. This type of educational system does not allow children to create and contribute to the development of their own future. Educators are also focused on children passing exams rather than helping them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills they would need in the future, and it is this type of school system that we are aiming to leave behind because the theoretical way of engaging children does not help them develop the required skills they would need to compete on the job market, neither does it help to instill the value of thinking outside the box in children, so they can become responsible citizens and future leaders who can create change in their communities.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am the founder of Devio early childhood institute(formerly Devio Arts Centre)https://www.seechangemagazine.com/?p=4732, a non-profit organization in Ghana https://www.devioearlychildhoodinstitute.org/, through our teachers training program, we realized the huge gap in the creative learning process in Ghana, which prompted us to create this program in 2018. We produced 13 episodes for the first season but was not able to air it due to lack of funding. When Ghana went into lockdown, we started sending the videos to parents and teachers in our network through whatsApp.The feedback from both parents and teachers were mind blowing. Apart the videos helping children to enhance their creative and imaginative skills, parents also say they are encouraging their kids to stay home, because of its practical nature. We decided to apply for the re-imagining learning competition so we can receive support to air the program on national television to reach more children.



What region are you located in?

  • Western Africa

Where are you located?

Our office is located in Teshie, in the Greater Accra region, even though we have operations across the country. Accra, is the capital city of Ghana covering an area of 1,253 sq mi, with an estimated population of 2.27 million people. The Teshie community where our office is located is a coastal town, it is the ninth most populous settlement in Ghana with a population of 171,875 people and is a low-income community.

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Thank you for sharing this idea! I can see this happening globally. My question is, if most families have internet access, have you thought about just posting the episodes online instead of having them on TV? This way, families are able to view them at any time.

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Dear Jessica,
Thank you so much for your comment and yes Creative Box has the potential for global replication. However, our initial target was the Ghanaian/African community, and internet is very costly in our region, trust me, I have lived in Canada,Ghana and Kenya, and knows the huge difference in internet accessibility and affordability. That is why we want to first get our show on the existing local channels out there and then expand, this is also due to limited resources because even if we use the internet approach we will not reach the numbers we want in Africa, we still have to make some investments in advertisements to reach a lot of children.Unlike TV where parents can just tune in and don't have to think about spending extra money on internet bundles. Also the young people we are targeting in this region do not have access to a computer nor a smart phone, and children whose parents have these tools do not give their children full control because of the cultural concern that parents cannot really monitor the programs their kids watch over the internet. At the moment, we are carefully considering all these factors, especially with our sign language addition, we need to work closely with various sign language interpreters, if children from other parts of the world are going to watch, for instance a child in America, would need a sign language interpretation in ASL, because every country has its own unique set of signs, and we want to make sure that deaf children are not left out in the next seasons of creative box, captions are not always enough. https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/building-global-momentum-introduce-sign-language-early-childhood-education. We hope that by introducing the Creative Box TV app, parents and educators can download and follow our videos at their own free time.
Best,
Lily

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Dear Jessica, here’s a link to one of our videos on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j8uIxpiDwvk
We will be uploading more videos soon! Please check it and share

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Thank you for sharing! That was fun to watch. I will probably share with my nephews who are 4 and 6. They love play-dough!
I like that you had children there completing the activity with you, and also the chicken in the background.
I can see how you can expand each episode by offering them a challenge to do with the whatever they made. For example, after they make the play dough, you can challenge them to use it to create a model of something in particular to tie it into more learning.
I am excited to see what other episodes you create.

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Thanks Jessica, I am glad to hear that, I will be posting part 2 of the play dough activity soon!

All the best,
Lily

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