Education  India Project #40244

Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons

by Sesame Workshop
Play Video
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons
Help Sesame Street Teach Critical Health Lessons

After a meeting in Sitapur, India, Sesame Workshop finalized an educational framework—which includes learning objectives and messages for children around water, sanitation, hygiene, health, and gender equity. This framework will drive the implementation, content creation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project. 

We are currently in the process of developing the curriculum for the schools. Teachers in the schools will be trained on the WASH curriculum and deliver 12 weekly sessions to their students. Sesame Workshop is creating new content - including a new teacher manual, two 4-minute films, and a series of print materials for use in the classroom. Students will also be given an activity sheet to take home to engage their parents around the healthy behavior messages they are learning in school. 

The project will launch in schools next month, piloted first in 30 schools and then scaled to 200 schools by next July. 

If you haven’t already, you can become a Sesame Workshop subscriber at https://www.sesameworkshop.org/newsletter so we can share further updates on this and all of our philanthropic work.

Thank you for joining us as we help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Last month, Sesame Workshop and our partner World Vision met in Sitapur, India to kick-off our program to teach lifesaving health lessons to children in India—which will reach 400 teachers and 8,000 school children. Together with our research partner and key stakeholders from local government, NGOs, and the education community, we gathered to talk about the challenges and realities of health programming in India and how to create effective messaging and content for educators and children. The workshop, which is a critical component of Sesame Workshop’s model, helps ensure that our new programming is rooted in local context and tailored to meet the needs of both teachers and children.

Together we developed a healthy habits vocabulary and refined our curricular goals for the new program. Over the course of their participation in the program, children will:

  • Know that germs can live in water
  • Be able to distinguish between safe and unsafe water
  • Always wear sandals to the toilet
  • Wash face, hands, and feet properly and at critical times of the day
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them
  • Share what they learn with other children and families
  • Support health and hygiene in their community by modeling healthy behaviors

We also identified what kinds of materials would be most effective to help children learn these new healthy habits, including:

  • A training manual adapted to support teacher training and then help teachers facilitate classroom discussions around health topics
  • A storybook, comic book, and storymat featuring Raya, our Global Health Ambassador Muppet, modeling healthy habits
  • Short live-action videos that will be filmed locally so children can see themselves on screen and relate to what they’re watching, which is an effective way to engage children around new behaviors

What's next?
Over the next few months, Sesame Workshop and World Vision will take the learnings and feedback from this workshop to refine our plans for implementation and begin training teachers on how to use these new classroom materials.


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Sesame Workshop

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @sesameworkshop
Project Leader:
Diana Polvere
New York, NY United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

Still want to help?

Support another project run by Sesame Workshop that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.