Many of us grew up with Sesame Street, learning everything from counting to spelling. Now, we can add gender equality to the list, thanks to Zeerak. He’s the newest Sesame Street Muppet and promotes gender equality, reported the Associated Press. The Muppet’s joined Season 6 of Afghanistan’s version of Sesame Street, which is called Baghch-e-Simsim, aka Sesame Garden, which premiered on June 29th. Of course, we hope Zeerak will join other countries’ versions, too.
So who is Zeerak?! Btw, his name means “smart” and “talented” in both Dari and Pashto, according to a press release by the Sesame Workshop announcing the news. He is a curious 4-year-old boy who’s into learning, respecting girls, and showing love for his big sister, none other than 6-year-old Zari, the Sesame Workshop’s first Afghan Muppet who joined the show last year to help inspire girls. In Afghanistan, over 60 percent of children — two thirds of them girls — are not able to complete school. So, big ups to Sesame Garden for adding these new characters and having them be role models for off-screen boys and girls.
Now, without further ado, here’s the new Muppet!
Super adorbs, right?! And this is how we feel about the news of him joining the show!
And here’s a photo of his sister, too!
Like we said before, we LOVE that Zeerak has joined the show. Here’s hoping that more Zari and Zeerak characters join other countries’ Sesame Street casts, too!