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Sesame Street program improves development for children in Indonesia
Date:12/9/2010

er, parents' education, and exposure to other media.

Jalan Sesama is produced by the Sesame Workshop with funding from the United States Agency for International Development. The program uses live action, puppetry (traditional and new), and animation to deliver relevant lessons on literacy, mathematics, safety, culture, environment and other subjects. Among the special MuppetsTM made for this specific show are Jabrik, a problem-solving and creative white rhino and Tantan, an environmentally-conscious orangutan.

A similar study was done by Borzekowski of Kilimani Sesame, a Tanzanian version of Sesame Street. In that study, published in July 2010, Borzekowski found that children with greater exposure showed more gains in cognitive, social and health outcomes than those with less exposure. Specifically, children who were more receptive to the Kilimani Sesame content had higher scores on tests of literacy and primary math skills, greater ability to describe appropriate social behaviors and emotions, and knew more about malaria and HIV/AIDS.


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Contact: Tim Parsons
tmparson@jhsph.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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