June 05, 2012

By Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop Comments on Status of Pakistan’s Sim Sim Hamara

When Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop was selected by USAID in 2010 to work on Sim Sim Hamara, a multi-platform children’s educational media program, Sesame Workshop was selected and funded independently by USAID as one of the sub-award recipients on the project.  Sesame Workshop was surprised and dismayed to learn about the recent serious allegations made against Rafi Peer.  Beyond what we have read in the press, we do not know the specific details of these allegations.  We trust that the facts will be fairly and fully assessed, and we will wait for the full report.

We are grateful for USAID’s initial investment which has allowed Sesame Workshop to provide its expertise in children’s media to help Rafi Peer reach three million children, many of whom otherwise would not have access to any early childhood education.  It is our hope that the achievements of Sim Sim Hamara, and the gains we have made in the lives of children in Pakistan, will carry on.


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