Kami surrounded by happy children in an alley


Sesame uses the power of media, partnerships, and community engagement to prepare children for a future full of opportunity.

Co-production Takalani Sesame (South Africa) and series like Sesame Teret Teret (Ethiopia) Sesame Friends (in countries across Africa), Sesame Hadithi Njoo (Kenya) and Sesame Sheeko Sheeko (Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti) are key to our early education efforts in Africa, alongside social impact initiatives encompassing health and hygiene, teacher training, learning through play, and more

With its endearing characters, songs, and stories, Takalani Sesame is the first classroom for South African children. Takalani friends teach children and their caregivers about learning through play, how to regulate emotions, building identity, and being part of a community.

Kami plays with a group of children
Sesame Workshop Across Africa
Every year we grow our work to reach children and caregivers through television, digital media, and targeted community engagement.
Featured Initiatives in Africa

A partnership between Sesame Workshop and World Vision, WASH UP! reaches children across Africa with easy-to-share lessons about safe water, sanitation, and hygiene habits. And with support from the Hilton Foundation, Sesame Workshop is providing early learning and social cohesion in refugee and migrant-hosting communities in Uganda.

Education initiatives in Africa

Sesame Workshop strives to bring learning to any region where access to quality early education is severely limited.

Pictogram of humans held in open hands.
The Oak Foundation Program
Challenging Harmful Gender Norms in South Africa

In a pilot funded by Oak Foundation, male caregivers learned about the transformative power of play through interactive workshops designed to promote gender role transformation.

A smiling group of children play the drums alongside two happy Muppets from Takalani Sesame
Featured Show
Takalani Sesame
We’re on a mission to helping South African children learn about respect and the humanity of others — sharing, caring, and being kind.