Ms Bruktawit Tigabu
Responding to the critical need to improve literacy rates and school retention rates in Ethiopia, Bruktawit’s organization created a spin-off program called Tsehai's Fidel School which systematically improves the methodology of teaching reading and writing in a phonetic, fun, and interactive way, supported by educational workbooks and reading materials. Whiz Kids Workshop was named a 2011 Tech Awards laureate for this effort.
In addition to preschool programming, Bruktawit has developed two educational television series for youth. Involve Me is a first-of-its-kind reality series featuring one-minute short films created by underprivileged youth. This award-winning program aims to boost children’s confidence and give children a voice. Little Investigators is new series, currently in development, aimed at motivating primary school students to be more interested in science and innovation.
Bruktawit was named a Rolex Young Laureate in 2010 for her efforts to reduce the child mortality rate in Ethiopia through public health messaging in Whiz Kids Workshop's productions.