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Posted: Monday, March 15, 2021. 9:07 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: The Inter American Development Bank (IDB), Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology and Sesame Workshop will provide sesame street content to preschool-age children in Belize.

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and Sésamo. The organizations 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.

 “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,” Brenda Campos, Sesame Workshop’s Director of Social Impact, Latin America, stated.

 Sesame Street is produced with a whole-child curriculum framework, which includes cognitive, social-emotional and physical development.

“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,” Belize’s education minister Francis Fonseca expressed.

IDB’s country representative, Ramiro López Ghio: “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.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to enjoy the content along with their child to engage 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.

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