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  • US to fund $20m remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan

    The United States is funding a Pakistani remake of the popular TV children's show Sesame Street.

    In a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, USAID - the development arm of the US government - is donating $20m (£12m) to the country to create a local Urdu version of the show.

    The project aims to boost education in Pakistan, where many children have no access to regular schooling.

    The show is to be filmed in Lahore and aired later in the year.

    "The programme is part of a series of ventures that is aimed at developing the educational infrastructure in the country," Virginia Morgan, a spokesperson for USAID, told the BBC.

    "Education is one of the vital sectors that need help in Pakistan."

    The show will be set in a village in Pakistan - rather than the streets of New York - with roadside tea shop and residents sitting on their verandas.

    The remake will star a puppet called Rani, the six-year-old daughter of a peasant farmer, with pigtails and a school uniform, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.Targeting five to nine year olds, the series will run on Pakistan national TV and regional language channels.

    Sesame Street is not entirely alien to Pakistani audiences - the original version ran on local TV during the 1990s.

    But it could only be understood across the limited, Westernised section of Pakistani society.

    The Rafi peer theatre group, which is producing the local version in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, hopes to change that.

    IIn an interview with a local edition of Newsweek, Imraan Peerzada‚ a writer for the new series‚ said the protagonist was a brave and daring girl.

    "She will represent what little girls have to go through in this gender-biased society," he said.

    He said her journey would inevitably touch on Pakistan's ongoing fight with militancy, but would not directly refer to religion.

    "We don't want to label children‚" he said. "The basic learning tools of literacy‚ numeracy‚ hygiene‚ and healthy eating have to be in place first."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13015768


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    All in the name of the War on Terror.
    ...hunter of the shadows is rising...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SkepticAlways View Post
      All in the name of the War on Terror.
      I see, big bird is really Osama Bin Ladan. What a clever way to deceive the CIA and Military.....
      Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
      ~Mark Twain

      Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
      ~Thomas Jefferson

      "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
      — Horace Mann

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      • #4
        Ooo so giving them billions to fund the "war on India" didn't teach us any lessons?

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        • #5
          Banchod bosarika bandapuda! Spell checker doesn't do Urdu.
          Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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          • #6
            One of the characters will likely be deemed an affront to Islam and violence protests will break out.

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              post deleted
              Last edited by avalon42; 03-13-2015, 05:56 PM.

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              • #8
                Sooooo, I guess the budget crises is fixed? I wonder which ghetto they will pick for Paki Street? Just please don't have Elmo burning an American flag or Grover giving showing how to be a suicide bomber.
                I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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                • #9
                  Hmmm... while I see what they are trying to do, but it won't change the fact we will be bombing the crap out of them in 10 years. Should just start doing that now

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                  • #10
                    So, they don't have access to regular schooling, but they have access to a TV?

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                    “All men dream...... But not equally..
                    Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
                    but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
                    for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

                    TE Lawrence

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                    • #11
                      I would fund it, provided that Big Bird preached openness and tolerance to other points of views and Kermit the Frog goes ballistic, screams "Allah AKbar" and saws his head off.

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