Elmo heads for Afghanistan

Sesame Workshop to bow local tyke show

Sesame Workshop is bowing educational tyke show “Baghch-e-simsim” (Sesame Garden) in Afghanistan in partnership with local stations Tolo TV and Lemar TV on Dec. 1.

With only a small percentage of Afghan children served by the country’s kindergarten system, “Baghch-e-simsim” is designed to fill that void by educating children with two-to-three minute mini-documentaries, 13 of which will be locally produced. The series will emphasize literacy, math, life skills and school readiness, and will place an extra emphasis on girls’ education, cultural awareness and diversity.

Sesame Street residents Elmo, Big Bird and Grover, and puppets from countries including Egypt, Bangladesh, Mexico and Russia will be on hand.

“Baghch-e-simsim,” produced in consultation with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education, will air in Dari and Pashto languages.

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