Sesame Street Afghanistan celebrates girls with powerful new character

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| April 11 2016,

00:30 am

Fans of Sesame Street know that the show
has a long-standing history of doing profound and powerful work. From helping children understand incarceration
to teaching them the ABCs, the early childhood television program has been educating kids by inviting guests and creating characters who encourage learning and promote tolerance.
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Afghanistan’s
Sesame Street production, called Baghch-e-SimSim
, is no different. Last week, the production introduced Zari, a young girl character who will join Baghch-e-SimSim
for its fifth season.Zari is a revolutionary character
. She will appear in the Afghanistan show, discussing topics ranging from girls’ empowerment and identity to physical health and emotional well-being. Zari, whose name means ‘shimmering,’ is the very first Afghan muppet and will be featured talking with children in person, speaking directly to viewers and interviewing professionals. She can be found on TOLO TV and LEMAR TV.
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This is truly a fantastic addition to the Sesame Workshop family, and I look forward to getting to know Zari and continuing to see the positive, impactful work that Sesame Workshop does!
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What do you think of this new Sesame Street character? Let us know in the comments!

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