The people behind the beloved children’s TV show Sesame Street have announced new materials to help Afghan and Ukrainian children and their families, displaced by a double crisis, cope with the trauma of having to flee to a new country.
The new resources, from Sesame Workshop, are in the form of video and other content intended to support and comfort displaced children and their families during a time of great personal upheaval, and are part of the existing Welcome Sesame program , which provides content to help children affected by a major crisis. Topics targeting Afghan and Ukrainian children will be available in Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, Spanish and English, covering topics ranging from coping with the trauma of resettlement to fostering a sense of belonging.
Of course, the content will feature the Sesame Street muppets – well-known children’s figures around the world. All content can be viewed for free on the Sesame Street in Communities website.
“Our Welcome Sesame Initiative reaches children in the tightest stages of their lives when it matters most to their healthy development,” Sherrie Westin, president of Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “Welcome Sesame’s expansion today will provide much-needed early childhood development assistance to families whose lives have been turned upside down, including by the recent crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine.”
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