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Sesame Workshop Around the World


Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Location: room G8-090; The World Bank; 1776 G St., NW; Washington, DC


  • Dr. Charlotte Frances Cole, Sr Vice President, Global Education, Sesame Workshop
  • Anita Stewart, Sr. Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships & Development, Sesame Workshop
  • Ellen S. Buchwalter , Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships and Development , Sesame Workshop

 Chair: Amit Dar, Sector Manager-Education, South Asia, SASED
 Discussant: Michael Trucano, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, HDNED

Description: Sesame Workshop [] is a nonprofit educational organization with over 40 years of experience developing educational media for young children, their parents and caregivers.  International adaptations of Sesame Street use media as a development tool to address a broad range of content areas including basic education and health, as well as girls education, respect and understanding, and emergency response and preparedness.  To date, there are over 30 local initiatives in regions as diverse as the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. The goals of each initiative are specific to the needs of each country.  

Sesame Workshop staff build capacity with local stakeholders to produce needs-driven educational programming that is disseminated across traditional and new media platforms to reach children in urban as well as rural areas.  A team from Sesame Workshop will provide an overview of its international work including project assessment, implementation, evaluation and public private partnerships to sustain in-country initiatives.

About the presenters:

Dr. Charlotte Frances Cole, Senior Vice President of Global Education oversees the nonprofit’s company-wide global strategies and leads the development of all curriculum and research around Sesame Workshop’s international projects. She has most recently been engaged in projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, and West Bank/Gaza.

Anita Stewart, Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships and Development, oversees the department’s comprehensive efforts to secure funding from corporations, foundations, and government sources for domestic and international education programs serving young children.

Ellen S. Buchwalter, Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships and Development, has worked closely with foundations and international donor agencies to secure funding for the Workshop’s international initiatives.  She also works closely with Sesame Workshop staff on project design and implementation. 

Sesame Workshop presentation [3.8 MB, pdf] 

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