News from Blue Butterfly Collaborative

Blue Butterfly Exec Dir co-edits new book of research on Sesame Street

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:54 AM by Suzanne Cole   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 10:54 AM ]

Dr. Charlotte Cole, Blue Butterfly's executive director, is the co-editor of The Sesame Effect: The Global Impact of the Longest Street in the WorldThe book examines Sesame Workshop's productions in locations as varied as Afghanistan, India, Palestine, Israel, South Africa, and Nigeria, many of which were carried out under Dr. Cole's leadership during her tenure as Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of global programs. 

The Sesame Effect demonstrates how children's media can be effectively used to address culturally-specific, often controversial, issues—from HIV/AIDS education in South Africa and Nigeria, to respect across cultural divides in the Middle East.  Readers gain insight into how research and production can work together, and learn about how children’s needs are addressed within each culture.

The Sesame Effect is published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Animated Twins Signal Future for International Development Partnership in Haiti

posted Nov 18, 2015, 5:29 AM by Suzanne Cole   [ updated Nov 18, 2015, 5:29 AM ]

Blue Butterfly Collaborative takes a unique approach to children’s educational media and its impact in international development. With the goal of helping media producers in low- and middle-income countries produce, design and distribute high-quality educational media for young children, Blue Butterfly partners with organizations on the ground in different countries in order to develop media programs that are both educationally appropriate and culturally sensitive to the specifics of the particular region.

Building Blocks of Peace -- Webinar 10/15

posted Oct 13, 2015, 6:26 AM by Suzanne Cole   [ updated Oct 13, 2015, 6:27 AM ]

Blue Butterfly's Executive Director Charlotte Cole will present a webinar on using media for peace education on Thursday, October 15 at 6 am Eastern time. She will be joined by Brukty Tigabu, executive director of our partner in Ethiopia, Whiz Kids Workshop. 

The building blocks of peace education—living in harmony, accepting differences, conflict resolution—can be taught to young children, in much the same way as other curricular topics such as literacy, mathematics, and science. This webinar explores how educational media, including television, radio, mobile applications, and other digital platforms, are effective methods of peace education for young children. Led by two media educators—one with 20 years of experience developing international adaptations of Sesame Street, and the other a producer of an acclaimed television series in Ethiopia—the session will demonstrate a process for developing effective educational content to promote peace building. The presenters will also summarize research on the impact of these endeavors.

Blue Butterfly Collaborative engages Muska Group as production partner for "Lakou Kajou"

posted Jun 5, 2015, 10:43 AM by Suzanne Cole

Blue Butterfly Collaborative is pleased to announce that it has chosen Muska Group as the Haitian-based production partner for Lakou Kajou, an innovative media program for Haitian children. Muska is an award-winning production company with experience producing films, commercials, and television shows. Animators, musicians, artists and video producers at Muska will work with Blue Butterfly's coalition of US-based and Haitian educators to develop video and radio episodes that entertain children as they teach. 

The first episodes of Lakou Kajou will be released by the end of 2015.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports "Lakou Kajou"

posted Jun 5, 2015, 10:34 AM by Suzanne Cole

W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing support to Blue Butterfly Collaborative for the development of Lakou Kajou, an innovative educational media program for Haitian children, designed and developed in Haiti. The grant from the Kellogg Foundation supports the first of three phases of the project. 

During this phase, Blue Butterfly Collaborative will work with partners in Haiti, including media producers Muska Group, to develop six video episodes, along with radio content. The episodes are due to be released by the end of 2015.

Read more about this exciting new project that will bring high-quality educational resources to children throughout Haiti.

After this initial development phase, Blue Butterfly Collaborative will work with our Haitian partners to produce additional episodes and to build a coalition on the ground to carry the project forward.

Blue Butterfly's Exec Director Participates in the Salzburg Global Seminar

posted Apr 20, 2015, 11:45 AM by Suzanne Cole

Dr. Charlotte Cole, executive director of Blue Butterfly Collaborative, is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and participated in the Seminar's recent session Designing a Social Compact for the 21st Century: Early Childhood Development and Education.  

Dr. Cole was one of forty early childhood development and education practitioners and researchers gathered to generate ideas for a strategic roadmap for delivering universal quality access. This roadmap will released as a Salzburg Statement - a synthesis of principles from the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Participants came from countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, India, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa, the UK and USA.

BBC conducts script writer workshops for WhizKids Workshop in Ethiopia

posted Jan 28, 2015, 12:29 PM by Suzanne Cole

Blue Butterfly's Executive Director Charlotte Cole and producer Linda Costigan have conducted several writing workshops for the scriptwriters of Tsehai Loves Learning, an award-winning Ethiopian children's media program produced by WhizKids Workshop. The program reaches 2.8 million young children throughout Ethiopia, many of whom have limited access to early education. Dr. Cole and Ms. Costigan worked with the WhizKids team to hone educational messaging, develop characters, write scripts, and design a research program. Together they have created a blueprint for engaging educational heath messaging for 39 episodes of Tsehai Loves Learning that are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr. Charlotte Cole participates in the Japan Prize: the International Contest for Educational Media

posted Oct 16, 2014, 8:14 AM by Suzanne Cole

Blue Butterfly Collaborative's Executive Director, Dr. Charlotte Cole, is in Tokyo, Japan, attending the International Producers Conference for Educational Media, a conference held in conjunction with the annual Japan Prize: The International Contest for Educational Media. 

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 Dr. Cole will present "Expanding Sesame Street to Corners of the World--How localizing brought success in globalizing the series." The session will explore the secret of "Sesame Street"'s success around the globe. Dr. Cole will also introduce her new venture--Blue Butterfly Collaborative--and its model for bringing engaging educational media to children around the world.

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