Reaching Mideastern Youth With Muppet Diplomacy

Reaching Mideastern Youth With Muppet Diplomacy

sesame-street-mideast.jpgSesame Street is trying to foster a culture of understanding worldwide using Muppets to teach nonviolence in a Mideast version of the TV show called “Shara’a Simsim.” Sesame Workshop calls this effort “Muppet diplomacy.”

With some funding from the U.S. State Department and guidance from the U.S. producers, a team developed the Sesame program into something uniquely Palestinian, complete with live-action segments filmed in the West Bank and Gaza, a set that looks like a typical Palestinian street and Muppets named Haneen and Karim.

(Part of Christiane Amanpour’s Generation Islam — special reporting about Muslim youth in the Middle East)

Continue reading at CNN.com or watch the video below…

Related Good News Network story about launch of show: Muppets Preach Peace on Mideast Sesame Street, May 2007

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