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New animated series to help children learn about COVID-19

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A new animated series aimed at educating children about COVID-19 will be aired for one month beginning today on several television channels in Cambodia as a part of an effort to contain the coronavirus in the Kingdom.

Titled “Happy Family” (Krousa Rikreay), the series is targeted at 5 to 10 year-olds. It tells the story of a family of bunnies. It is a joint-production between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), UNICEF and Save the Children.

“Funded by USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION project, this television programme provides children and caregivers with life-long skills on how to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus, how to stop it from spreading, as well as how to cope with the pandemic aftermath,” said a joint statement obtained by Khmer Times today.

“The key messages are communicated through situations and explanations which are child friendly, fun and engaging. This increases the chances of children applying these key actions demonstrated to help prevent the spread of the virus.”

According to Education Ministry, ‘Happy Family’ is scheduled to be broadcast this weekend on Bayon TV, TV5 and PNN. It will also be posted on social media channels.

Cristian Munduate, UNICEF’s Representative in Cambodia said amid the pandemic, children are the ones who suffer the most due to school closure.

“UNICEF is working with partners to make sure children have access to tailor-made, child-friendly and inclusive information on how to protect themselves,” she said.

“While schools and public events are not accessible, we hope through television and social media, we can provide families around the country with the knowledge they need to stay healthy and safe.”

According to UNICEF, about 15 billion students worldwide have not been attending schools and universities due to lock-down restrictions imposed by their respective governments.

Elizabeth Pearce, Country Director of Save the Children in Cambodia claimed children can contribute significantly to flattening the curve by informing their friends, parents and other adults.

“There is a lack of accurate and child friendly information regarding COVID-19 for children aged 5 to 10 years-old. There is also a lack of preventive COVID-19 information being disseminated to vulnerable groups, such as grandparents, particularly grandmothers and aunties who are becoming their primary caregivers since schools have been closed,” she said. “Simple measures and age appropriate information can be lifesaving.”

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