Mapiko Athu puts science on TV

Mapiko Athu puts science on TV

November 2015 - October 2018

Malawi

Let’s enjoy science: the television show Mapiko Athu aimed to use everyday situations to teach science to kids in Malawi.

Mapiko Athu puts science on TV

November 2015 - October 2018

Malawi

Over the past few years, Malawian children have been lagging behind in terms of their performance in science, due to a significant shortage of qualified teachers and a lack of laboratory equipment. Television has the power to reach many children in Malawi, to spark their interest and motivate them to learn. In collaboration with Rei Foundation and PICO Factory Japan, Timveni produced a new science television program on science called Mapiko athu (our wings), beginning with 13 pilot episodes set in five primary schools around Lilongwe.
Aimed at kids living in Malawi from 6 to 14 years old, each episode had a different scientific theme. Audiences were engaged by the accessible and fun experiments that used locally available materials, explained in the Chewa language.
Slider Image Local kids taking part in the filming of an episode.
Local kids taking part in the filming of an episode.
Slider Image Physics explained using a see-saw: a quintessential example of the forces of gravity.
Physics explained using a see-saw: a quintessential example of the forces of gravity.
Slider Image Lilongwe children were recruited to take part in episode production.
Lilongwe children were recruited to take part in episode production.
Slider Image Episodes featured props and activities that viewers would be able to recreate themselves.
Episodes featured props and activities that viewers would be able to recreate themselves.

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