Sesame Street just got a new location. The Sesame workshop will be heading to Nigeria to extend its work in areas with heavy HIV saturation, building on their existing work with characters Kami and Big Bird.
In October, Sesame Workshop hosted a seminar in Abuja, the capital of the African nation, assembling an advisory board of local experts on child health, teacher education and early childhood education, to determine the focus and content for "Sesame Street Nigeria."
The majority of the country's children live in poverty with limited access to basic education. Less than 30% attend preschool, and only 60% attend school at all.
The TV series will focus on fostering basic skills such as counting, literacy and analytic thinking, striving to empower children to reach their full potential by staying in school.
"Introducing Kami and Big Bird to children in Nigeria lies at the core of Sesame Workshop's mission to foster respect and understanding through the power of media and beloved characters from 'Sesame Street' co-productions," says Naila Farouky, producer of "Sesame Street Nigeria." "It is our hope that the series will make a strong impact among Nigerian children and their families to prepare them for school and life, as well as help them understand HIV and AIDS and acquire a foundation to overcome prejudices and stigmas associated with the diseases."
"Sesame Street Nigeria" is an extension of "The Adventures of Kami and Big Bird" pilot outreach project that launched in Nigeria this year.