We all know what a wonderful success story that the children’s program Sesame Street has been over the last few decades. Not only has the show been fun for children to watch, but it has also served as a way for public television to help reach impoverished children who may not have access to preschool and help them to learn literacy skills, math skills and even about culture and inclusion. Researchers are trying to figure out the best way for Sesame Street to be culturally appropriate and help refugee children who have experienced trauma and displacement. This would be a wonderful opportunity for the refugees if the developers can be culturally sensitive in their planning, especially since Sesame Street is already broadcast in hundreds of countries around the world.
Check out this NPR article When Elmo and Big BIrd Talk to Refugees – NPR for more details.