22 DECEMBER 2017 / IRC and Sesame Workshop Awarded 100&Change Prize by the MacArthur Foundation

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Sesame Workshop and International Rescue Committee (IRC) as the winners of their 100&Change global prize, consisting of a $100 million grant over 5 years from the MacArthur Foundation.

Sesame Workshop and IRC will use the grant to implement an evidence-based, early childhood development intervention designed to address the “toxic stress” experienced by children in the Syrian response region, which includes Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. The project consists of three main components: customized educational content and a new local version of “Sesame Street”, home visits reinforced with digital content, and child development centers. Currently, less than two percent of the global humanitarian aid budget goes to education, and only a small fragment of education aid goes to early childhood education.

The SNF has been a lead supporter of the IRC’s global emergency response efforts, including Livelihood programs in Greece which focus on integration, access services, and employment opportunities for refugees. Furthermore, the SNF supports Worldreader’s Read to Kids Program, which serves Syrian refugee and host communities in Jordan by facilitating and encouraging young children to read using their mobile phones.

For more information, visit the IRC’s website, here