USAID provides funding for two seasons of Sesame Street Nigeria

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Focus on the importance of education, empowerment for girls and HIV/AIDS will be part of the Nigerian version of the long-running children’s series Sesame Street. The programme is an extension of The Adventures of Kami and Big Bird pilot outreach project that launched in Nigeria earlier in 2009.

A five-year grant from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

has been allocated to Sesame Street Nigeria (working title). The Nigerian series will incorporate 78 30-minute episodes and supporting outreach materials, as well as conduct research to evaluate the programme's impact.

The first season is themed“We Can,”and will focus on empowering children to aspire to be anything they want and encouraging them to stay in school. The episodes will involve community participation in the children’s learning process and also show the importance of time for play, fun.

Season two,“We Do It Right,”will highlight honesty and integrity, courtesy and coping with mistakes.Mutual respect and understanding and gender parity will be incorporated in the episodes.“We Live Here,” the third season, will focus on community activities that reflect the importance of culture and caring for the environment.

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