Know Zone supports literacy, numeracy and life-skills learning through a combination of drama, storytelling, animation and studio-based programmes, backed up with interactive support materials.
Know Zone Kenya
The series aims to raise the educational standards of young Kenyans by improving their grasp of key literacy and numeracy syllabus requirements. Know Zone will also equip the audience with indispensable life-skill messages ranging from information about children’s rights and responsibilities to key health concepts and ideas. And in Kenya’s changing socio-political environment the programme also addresses issues such as ethnicity, peace building and diversity. Now on it’s third series, the Know Zone team is focussing on Standard 2. Many new sections to the show have been added in to make it more appealing to a younger audience, including spelling tests 'Marara’s Shopping List, Word Hunt and Quizzy’s Quiz, as well as old favourites such as Hot Numbers, Cool Words and Our World.
Know Zone Rwanda
In 2014, Know Zone began its first ever series in Rwanda for children in P6 (11-12 years old). Know Zone Rwanda has a similar layout to the show in Kenya by supporting literacy, numeracy and life-skills learnt through a combination of drama, storytelling, animation and studio-based programmes, backed up with interactive support materials. However, adapted to best suit the context, Know Zone Rwanda is less broadcast-led and places more of an emphasis on being used in classrooms with the addition of interactive activities and explanations in Kinyarwanda to support emerging English language skills. During the course of every Know Zone Rwanda programme, audiences and teachers alike are invited send an SMS from their mobiles to 7788 if they would like any help and advice detailing more, critical information on the key issues covered, or if they wish to interact with the show on other issues. Know Zone is unique in becoming the first ever children’s TV show in the country, as well as using a solely Rwandese crew and cast. The show has been received positively by critics and viewers alike as children make the difficult change from French to English.
See the Know zone Rwanda page And enjoy this short documentary about the making of Know Zone Rwanda by the animation students at the Africa Digital Media Academy in Kigali