Sesame Workshop and One Laptop Per Child partner to deliver Sesame Street content around the world
(New York, NY June 28, 2012) Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit serving the world’s children with a modern education through durable and affordable laptops, are teaming up to make Sesame Street content available to children, equipping them to learn, create, play, and connect through OLPC’s branded “XO” laptops. OLPC has already distributed over two million laptops, and the Workshop and OLPC plan to distribute more laptops in Latin America and South Africa, preloaded with Sesame Street content. The two organizations have plans to distribute in additional international territories in the future.
The educational packages for Latin America and South Africa will include content from the respective local adaptations of Sesame Street: Plaza Sésamo and Takalani Sesame. The fun and engaging programs will be pre-loaded onto the “XO” laptops. Touch-screen branded “XO-3” tablets are currently in development for OLPC’s Sesame Street content distribution in the near future. Pre-loaded content will feature the beloved international Sesame Street Muppet™ characters in games, e-books, video clips, character photos, and printable activities such as coloring sheets. Disadvantaged children will be able to watch and play with their furry pals, all the while developing a life-long love of learning through otherwise inaccessible technology.
“It is our mission at the Workshop to help all children reach their highest potential by providing fun and current early childhood educational resources,” said H. Melvin Ming, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop. “We are very pleased to partner with the like-minded organization, One Laptop per Child. As joint forces, we can reach the children who most need our help.”
“OLPC is pleased to partner with Sesame Workshop to expand the third party educational content on the XO laptops,” said Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby, Chairman and CEO of OLPC. “Sesame Workshop’s innovation in content, combined with OLPC’s innovation in child computing technology provides a truly unique package for the world’s children”.
One Laptop per Child (OLPC at http://www.laptop.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide every child in the world access to new channels of learning, sharing and self-expression. In partnership with the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations and supported by comprehensive implementation and pedagogical services, OLPC seeks to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power connected laptop that empowers individual learning and growth.
Takalani Sesame is made possible through the initial support of USAID and Sanlam and produced in partnership with Kwasukasukela, the Department of Basic Education and South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Plaza Sésamo is made possible by Mexico’s largest terrestrial producer and broadcaster Televisa, leading pan-regional Latin American pay-TV children’s network Discovery Kids, U.S. broadcaster TeleFutura.
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org
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