Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, has launched educational resources as a part of the Welcome Sesame initiative. The new resources are tailored for displaced and refugee kids and families affected by the conflicts and crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine.
The program includes posts on the following topics: Coping with Big Changes, Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Coping with the Trauma of Resettlement, Learning New Things, and Celebrating Who We Are. There are materials and training for providers that cover how they can best support families during the resettlement process, as well as videos featuring Sesame Street Muppets in Ukrainian, Russian, Dari, and Pashto. The Muppets also star in videos and materials for Arabic, Rohingya, and Spanish speakers displaced by crises.
The new teaching and learning materials can be used by providers and partners that work with Afghan and Ukrainian families. These materials are designed to help families coping with the trauma of forced displacement and provide resources on how to talk about their feelings and emotions while adapting to new environments. New educational materials will be released on a rolling basis.
Tamron Hall will also host Welcome Sesame: A Digital Special Event on June 21 to give more information about the Welcome Sesame program and Sesame Workshop’s efforts to support families affected by conflict and crisis.