Sesame Workshop has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to bring learning and healing to Rohingya children in refugee camps in Bangladesh and Syria. Roughly 700,000 Rohingya children live in these camps, many of whom have lost their parents. The camps are a place to escape violence in their homeland and are intended to be temporary; they have struggled to meet the education needs of the children, many of whom have experienced trauma. Sesame Workshop and the IRC received $2 million in grants to create new ways to provide education for the Rohingya children. “If we can help these children get off on the right start, where they can thrive, then they have so much more of a chance of succeeding later on,” said Sherrie Weston, president of social impact for Sesame Workshop, which is developing muppet characters who look like the children. “We know that children learn best when they see themselves. So, it’s important they identify with these characters,” said Westin.

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