Whiz Kids & Tibeb Girls – Co-founder & General Manager
Bruktawit (Brukty) Tigabu, determined to improve conditions of Ethiopian children and deliver education on a mass scale, established Whiz Kids Workshop in 2005 (WKW) with her husband and began broadcasting Tsehai Loves Learning, Ethiopia’s first award winning preschool educational program.
In addition to preschool programming, Brukty has developed three educational television series for youth. Little Investigators a science focused series and Involve Me is first of its kind reality series featuring one-minute creative short films created by underprivileged youth that give children a voice. Tibeb Girls is a new animation series about three Ethiopian adolescent superheroes taking the audience on a fun, imaginative and educational journey as they eagerly step up to understand and resolve the struggles girls face everyday. With Tibeb Girls innovative teaching/ learning approach, Whiz Kids Workshop is working on accelerated school program that help out of school children get back in school.
Whiz Kids Workshop won 2008 Prix Jeunesse International; Next Generation Prize as well as prestigious children educational media awards Japan prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010. It was also selected as a 2011 Tech Awards laureate for responding to the critical need to improve literacy rates and school retention rates in Ethiopia.
Brukty was named a Rolex Young Laureate in 2010 for her efforts to reduce the child mortality rate in Ethiopia through public health messaging. In 2012, she was named #45 on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business for 2012. Brukty was a featured speaker at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) on 2011 and served as a pre-jury member in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Brukty is one of the founding members of Social Enterprise Ethiopia and currently serving as board chairperson.
- Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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