New Puppet Joins Afghanistan’s Sesame Street To Encourage Love And Education

In order to “indirectly teach the kids to love their sisters,” Afghanistan’s version of Sesame Street introduced a four-year-old character to spread that message.

According to the Agence France-Presse, Zeerak is the younger brother of an already established puppet named Zari, a school-loving girl. The show, titled Baghch-e-Simsim, also encourages children to read. As noted by the news site, girls aged 15-24 that can read and write stands at 37 percent, while boys in the same age group stand at 66 percent, the National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Center reports.

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Tolo TV’s leader, Massood Sanjer, spoke on the importance of this new puppet. “People — kids and parents, who have access to TV are watching and know the brand of the character,” Sanjer said. “So it is a very good sign that people love to learn and it is great to use media as an education tool for kids.”

Baghch-e-Simsim debuted in Afghanistan in 2011 and made history by creating Zari in 2016 in an effort to promote equality.