How the IRC and Sesame Workshop continue to reach refugee children during COVID-19

For young children who have experienced war and been uprooted from their homes, education can be a lifeline.

By Marianne Stone, Regional Program Director for Ahlan Simsim
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Gargur and a new friend practice handwashing in Amman, Jordan. Photo Credit: Ryan Donnell/Sesame Workshop

Ahlan Simsim during COVID-19

The pandemic will hit displaced and vulnerable families the hardest, including those whom Ahlan Simsim serves. So while in-person programs have been put on hold for safety concerns, we’ve adapted to use digital tools to reach children and their families directly in their homes.

Ahlan Simsim has adapted to COVID-19 by providing caregivers with learning activities for their children via WhatsApp. Watch as these caregivers work on Ahlan Simsim activities with their young ones.

Sesame Workshop and the IRC’s joint humanitarian program, bringing vital early education to refugee and host community children in the Syrian response region.