As schools in Uganda closed down in late March 2020 due to Covid-19, Mango Tree Literacy Lab (MTLL) had to reconsider its 2020 work plan. When the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) published its “Framework for the Provision of Continued Learning During the Covid-19 Lockdown in Uganda” and began radio education programs in the Lango Sub-region, MTLL decided to develop our own radio education programming focused on literacy instruction for children in P1-P3, an area of the curriculum that the MoES was not able to address because it required creating materials in multiple local languages. With no dedicated funding for this, MTLL partnered with Radio Q FM, a local radio station, who generously agreed to provide MTLL with one hour every Saturday for no charge.
In May 2020, Mango Tree, together with Ichuli Institute, responded to a call by the EdTech Hub for non-internet education innovations that addressed the Covid-19 crisis. Upon selection to participate, MTLL ran a “Sandbox” (short experimental pilot) in the four districts of Alebtong, Dokolo, Kole and Otuke, in the Northern Uganda Lango sub-region from September to December.