The local Afghan production of “Sesame Street”, better known as “Baghch-e-Simsim” or Sesame Garden”, is taking a huge step forward in promoting better gender equality among kids.
According to a press release from the Sesame Workshop, following last year’s successful addition of the first-ever Afghan muppet, a six-year-old girl named Zari, the production company has introduced a brand new muppet, Zari’s four-year-old brother, Zeerak, for season six.
The release notes that the new orange character of Zeerak, meaning “smart” and “talented”, will “tackle topics including tolerance, respect and gender equity” in a “country where over 60 per cent of children – two thirds of them girls – are not able to complete school.”
Yahoo reports Massood Sanjer, the head of Tolo TV, the station which airs the show, telling AFP that the show will highlight the importance of better education for both men and women in Afghan, noting, “It is great to use media as an education tool for kids.”
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