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Sesame Street, Nigerian Style

Children in Nigeria will soon have a new TV option. Sesame Square, a local version of Sesame Street voiced and produced by Nigerians (and funded by a grant from USAID), will “focus on the same challenges faced by children in a country where many have to work instead of going to school: AIDS, malaria nets, gender equality – and yams, a staple of Nigerian meals.” “What is so exciting about yams? Everything!” says one of the muppets. “I can fry the yam. I can toast it. I can boil it. I love yams!” Another muppet is “an orphan with HIV who explains blood safety to children through her own story.”? (HT: Chris Blattman) [%comments]