In February 2020 the Covid-19 crisis spread to New Zealand shores and affected our nation in a significant way physically, socially and economically. The Covid-19 Alert system was introduced on 21 March 2020 placing NZ at Alert Level 2. On 25 March 2020 New Zealand was moved to Alert Level 4.
The economic and physical limitations of Covid-19 on NZ during the Alert Levels meant that Cool Bananas needed to make a shift in how we operated.
Traditionally a substantial portion of Cool Bananas operations involved programs designed for large group situations but under the health and safety restrictions during Alert Level 1 to 4 these were unable to be continued.
As a result of this our large group programs and any work towards them were put on hold in April 2020 for an indefinite period of time.
Here is the list of the large group programs that are currently on hold:
Having these programs on pause gave us opportunity to put our focus into the areas of Cool Bananas that could grow and continue to make an impact within all levels of the Covid-19 Alert System.
So within the weeks of Alert Level 4 & Alert Level 3 Cool Bananas developed and strengthened Blello, our video based digital environment that was launched for children in 2015.
3 x Free fortnightly values based video resources and supplementary material for teachers and parents to engage with their students and kids. www.coolbananas.org.nz/online
Blello (In Development)
1 x Free weekly valuetainment videos for kids.
Blello Sundays (Complete)
1 x Free weekly LIVE interactive teaching sessions for Church families. www.coolbananas.org.nz/blellosundays
Blello is the umbrella brand for Shine TVs children programming, as well as broadcasting our videos on their channel. www.shinetv.co.nz
A partner site that uploads our content and is used by over 300 schools across NZ. www.kiwikidsnews.co.nz
Blello operates it’s own youtube channel where we upload exciting challenge videos for tweens. www.youtube.com/blellotv
If you would like to know more about our response to Covid-19 or learn more about Cool Bananas and our programs contact us.
We look forward to continuing to create great resources that inspire kids to excel in life as we navigate these tough times together.
The Cool Bananas Team.