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Sesame Street continues to be a universal learning tool for children as it will now be broadcast in Pakistan to help boost education.
The U.S. is donating $20 million to fund a local version of the show, which will have the traditional New York City setting swapped for a Pakistani village.
Don't expect to see Big Bird or Cookie Monster though, as the show will feature new characters including Rani, a six-year-old female puppet with pigtails and a blue-and-white school uniform and will speak in Urdu.
Writer for the Pakistani version, Imraan Peerzada says:
"She will represent what little girls have to go through in this gender-biased society.
We are not avoiding religion‚ but we don't want to label children…the basic learning tools of literacy‚ numeracy‚ hygiene‚ and healthy eating have to be in place first."
Good work, Sesame Street. What a fantastic idea.