southern africa | takalani sesame

Expanding our reach across Southern Africa with a lovable Muppet whose sunny spirit can’t be contained.

Children’s Education Intiatives in Southern Africa | Early learning success spreads

Takalani Sesame makes an impact on children in the Southern African countries of Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.

In Southern Africa, nearly one quarter of primary-school-age children are not in school. By expanding the reach of our successful Takalani Sesame program originally created for South Africa, and introducing its neighboring countries to Takalani’s lovable and eager-to-learn characters, like the vivacious Kami, early education is becoming a lot less elusive. The program addresses a range of children’s educational needs, from literacy, math, life skills, and HIV awareness to instilling in children a greater sense of self and nurturing their readiness for lifelong learning.

To complement the reach of television, essential in this part of the world, we’ve developed an outreach program that’s customized to the educational and cultural needs of the area. The Takalani Sesame outreach materials are available to children and families in schools and other early learning centers in both rural and urban environments—a game changer for children across the region, many of whom have no other way of accessing preschool education.

Major support for Takalani Sesame in Southern Africa is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).