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.
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.