Sesame Street has always taught kids valuable lessons. Now, in Afghanistan, those lessons are set to include the importance of gender equality.
The country’s version of Sesame Street, Baghch-e-SimSim, last year introduced a character whose aim was to inspire Afghani girls. Now, the show is adding a boy muppet who will show kids the importance of respecting women, the Associated Press reported.
The new muppet is a 4-year-old boy named Zeerak, which means “smart” in both of Afghanistan’s official languages, Pashtun and Dari. His sister is 6-year-old Zari.