SRINAGAR: In exciting news for children, the long-renowned Sesame Street show, broadcast in India as Galli Galli Sim Sim, is due for telecast now in the Kashmiri language. Packed with special episodes that are culturally and contextually relevant, the show aims to develop the necessary skills and protective factors that can help children cope with stress, build their resilience and develop their school-readiness skills.
With support from the Vitol Foundation and Doordarshan, Sesame Workshop India has packaged special episodes of its flagship initiative Galli Galli Sim Sim, which address the specific school-readiness needs of children living in Kashmir.
As per the programme, the special episodes teach children a lot more than literacy and numeracy. They also foster important life skills like socio-emotional and executive function skills that can help young children manage their own behaviours and emotions, retain information and resist distractions so that learning can be effective.
“Each episode has different stories mapped to learning objectives so that children can learn even when they are away from school. In the ‘Galli Ki Duniya’ segment of the show, children and parents see Chamki and Googly donning astronaut helmets and travelling to space, Dhenchoo auditioning for a new film, Chamki playing a genie in a school play and many such exciting tales,” said Shobha Kapoor.
Supriya Sahu, Director General, Doordarshan says, “Galli Galli Sim Sim has been a favourite of kids. The show has done tremendously well and has received appreciation from not just kids but also parents.”
She went on to add, “We are always on the lookout for exciting and age-appropriate content for children, and Galli Galli Sim Sim fits this need perfectly.
“The show with its popular and well-loved cast of friendly Muppets entertains the young audience while teaching them important life skills,” she further said.
Says Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary to the Government of India, Information Department, Jammu & Kashmir, “Young children need stable relationships, care and continuous access to education that will help them build better lives and develop resilience,”.
He went on to add that due to various circumstances, this care is often compromised. “We are happy that through Doordarshan and Galli Galli Sim Sim, children will now be able to prepare for school and learn skills beyond ABCs and 123s at home.”
The show features the well-loved Muppets Chamki, Googly, Grover, Elmo and others to bring messages of hope, diversity and inclusion to children. The characters act as positive role models and help them develop coping skills. The show has been curated to address children’s school readiness by providing content that they can relate to.
Kids of the Valley can tune in to DD Kashir from Monday to Friday at 6:30 PM, and kids who want to see a repeat telecast can see it at 11:40 AM.