IDB, MoECST and Sesame Workshop to bring Sesame Street content to preschool-age children in Belize
Monday, March 15th, 2021
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Belize (MoECST) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and Sésamo, are joining efforts to deliver quality educational TV content to preschool-age children in Belize.
With funding from the IDB, Sesame Workshop will provide more than 100 hours of content, including the award-winning series Elmo’s World, Cookie’s Crumby Pictures and four seasons of Sésamo, as well as new original animations, songs, and more from Sesame Workshop’s Caring For Each Other initiative to help kids and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programming will be made available to the ministries of education and public television channels in the region.
Brenda Campos, Sesame Workshop’s Director of Social Impact, Latin America, said: “The alliance with the IDB gives us the opportunity to bring engaging educational content to Belize, to support the efforts of the Ministry of Education to enrich home learning experiences, and to provide children and their families with key messages to maintain their physical and mental health during this time.” Sesame Street is produced with a whole-child curriculum framework, which includes cognitive, social-emotional and physical development.
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of MoECST, emphasized that “Belize’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology is truly excited to partner with the IDB and Sesame Workshop to deliver world-class pre-school educational content to our beautiful and amazing little ones here in Belize. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our education system, and our young children who thrive on interaction and stimulation, have been particularly disadvantaged. We deeply appreciate the efforts of the IDB and Sesame Workshop to bring this initiative to Belize. We are certain that it will have a very positive impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of our young children.”
Ramiro López Ghio, IDB’s Country Representative for Belize says: “In partnership with the Ministry of Education Culture Science and Technology, the
IDB is delighted to make Sesame Street available to families of Belize, which is some of the world’s most evidence-based learning programs for young children.”
The content from Sesame Workshop has been found to impact both cognitive and socio-emotional development of young children. The recommendation is that the children should enjoy the content together with one of the adults in their lives to give rise to engaging parent-child interactions. Audiences can participate further through content released on WhatsApp.
The transmission of this programming will be distributed in Belize in English through Love FM, Channel 5 and in Spanish through Estereo Amor. The content will be available June 2021.
The Inter-American Development Bank works to improve lives. With a history dating back to 1959, today the IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts extensive cutting-edge research and offer advisory services in public policy, technical assistance and training of public and private clients across the region.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Sesame Workshop is present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities it serves. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org
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