Bruktawit Tigabu

2010 Young Laureate, Science & Health
Ethiopia, Born 1981

Project Goal

Tackle the high child mortality rate in Ethiopia through a television series designed to teach children about health

Location: Ethiopia

Determined to reduce child mortality rates in Ethiopia, Bruktawit Tigabu launched a health-education television programme for preschoolers.

Bruktawit Tigabu began her professional career as a primary school teacher in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Determined to reduce child mortality rates in her country, she looked for ways to educate children on health matters. In 2005, with her husband, Tigabu set up Whiz Kids Workshop. Working from their living room, using sock puppets, computer graphics and their own voices, they began producing Tsehai Loves Learning, a television programme about a young, female giraffe, named Tsehai, which covers many health-related issues. Twenty-six episodes of this highly successful programme (in Amharic, Ethiopia's principal language), have now been created, each one seen by an estimated 2.6 million to 5 million children.

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