Sesame Street Heads To Nigeria

Thanks to a five-year grant from the United States Agency for International Development, Big Bird & friends are flying to Nigeria to launch another African rendition of the popular children’s education show.

Thanks to a five-year grant from the United States Agency for International Development, Big Bird & friends are flying to Nigeria to launch another African rendition of the popular children’s education show. Sesame Workshop is developing “Sesame Street Nigeria” to educate children about staying in school, female empowerment and HIV/AIDS.  An extension of “The Adventures of Kami and Big Bird”, a pilot outreach project that launched in Nigeria this year. The main character, Kami lives on “Takalani Sesame” and is HIV positive.

Sesame Street Heads To Nigeria

Sesame Workshop assembled an advisory board of local experts on child health, early childhood education, and teaching to help shape an authentic vision for the content of “Sesame Street Nigeria”. As a result, they will develop 78 half-hour shows, monitor market response, and measure the impact the message will have on children.  With the help of Kami, the new series will teach counting, literacy and analytic thinking by helping children to reach their full potential by staying in school.

[via Screen Africa]

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