LAHORE - us Ambassador Cameron Munter and his wife Dr. Marilyn Wyatt visited Pakistan Children’s Television (PCTV) studios here on Saturday to reaffirm the us government’s commitment to the early childhood educational objectives for all Pakistani children .
Upon arrival the guests were received by PCTV Chief of Party Faizaan Peerzada, Director Production Usman Peerzada and Director Programs Sadaan Peerzada.
The aim of the visit was to strengthen the us government’s belief in investing in the future of Pakistan by supporting the educational system of Pakistan.
The Ambassador and his wife during their visit of the PCTV studios interacted with the production team of Sim Sim Hamara, the magnum opus of Pakistan Children’s Television, a USAID funded joint project of Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop and Sesame Street Workshop New York.
The dignitaries also had a collaborative session with school children and a lively interactive session with puppets of Sim Sim Hamara program during their visit at the venue.
Sim Sim Hamara is the Pakistani adaption of the engaging educational children’s program Sesame Street, created by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, New York, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Along with language and numeracy skills, the educational show Sim Sim Hamara is promoting basic life skills, healthy habits, mutual respect and understanding, and a lifelong love for learning.
Sim Sim Hamara program has also taken up in its shows the topics like importance of society, self-belief, respect for elders and affection for Younger and inter-provincial harmony to inculcate the spirit of nationhood and respect for different culture and languages.
The show’s locally developed puppet stars include: Rani, a 6-year old school girl with a keen interest in natural science and a love of reading; Munna, a 5-year old boy with big dreams and a flair for maths and numbers; Baily, a fluffy, angelic looking, hardworking donkey who aspires to be a pop star; Elmo, a loveable, curious 3-year old monster with a desire to try and question everything; Baji, a colorful spirited woman with a passion for food, family, fun, tradition and Haseen-o-Jameel, crocodile who has a wonderful way with words, rhymes and songs and creates epic songs about beauty.
Since its launch on December 10, 2011, PCTV has so far created 18 shows of Sim Sim Hamara and have presented them through PTV.
The shows have not only been appreciated by school children , teachers and educationists but also by critics who say ‘Sim Sim Hamara is a mesmerizing reflection of national cultures, regional flavors and a mix of urban and rural Pakistan.’