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Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and UNICEF launch a new storytelling programme for children

16 June 2020
©UNICEF/2020/Chhin Sothy/AFP-Services
UNICEF/2020/Chhin Sothy/AFP-Services

PHNOM PENH, 13th June 2020 – Today, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport and UNICEF launched “Tey Tey Nitean” (Tey Tey the Storyteller), a new storytelling show that aims to promote literacy and to motivate children to read. This original puppet programme offers a sense of hope and joy to children and their families during this period where children are required to learn from home due to COVID19.

The 12 pre-recorded sessions, will both educate and entertain children and their families. Each episode will include a session with a UNICEF moderator, where the audience can ask questions related to COVID-19 protection and prevention measures. The show can be viewed on the TVK2 channel, the Facebook Page of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport and UNICEF Cambodia’s Facebook Page.

The stories are read by two entertaining puppets and are drawn from books published by Sipar, an organization that produces unique educational books for Cambodian children to improve their reading ability and knowledge.

In launching Tey Tey Nitean, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Dr Hang Chuon Naron said he was pleased to see creative and inspiring programmes being developed to assist Cambodia’s children with their distance learning.

“Ministry of Education Youth and Sport looks forward to broadcasting this new storytelling programme for the enjoyment and educational purposes of children and their families through our E-learning platforms, as well as through education TVK2 channel”, said Minister Hang Chuon Naron.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, with support from UNICEF, is providing distance learning opportunities in key subject to students from pre-school through to secondary school, including ‘e-learning’ classes available online, on television and through radio.

A suite of education-specific information education communication (IEC) materials related to COVID-19 prevention has also been produced, to promote the importance of handwashing and self-care amongst 2 children and their families, and to encourage parents to support children’s learning at home and general wellbeing and mental health. These materials are available on MoEYS and UNICEF Cambodia websites.

UNICEF Cambodia’s Chief of Education, Katheryn Bennett, said: “We are proud to be working with the Minister and his team in responding to children’s learning needs at this challenging time. Tey Tey Nitean, as well as the other critical and diverse distance learning programmes UNICEF is assisting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to produce, are important for promoting equity and accountability in education service delivery, so that even the most vulnerable children have opportunities to continue to learn.”

In partnership with the government and development partners, UNICEF is responding to the nationwide COVID-19 emergency by raising awareness and delivering essential hygiene supplies to schools. Education, nutrition, health and child protection programmes have been adapted to ensure every child will grow up healthy and continue to learn, during the COVID19 crisis and beyond.

To make sure that every child and family knows and can learn from Tey Tey the Storyteller, UNICEF is encouraging audiences to share their favorite books on social media with the hashtag #TeyTeyNitean.

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Notes to editors

Earlier this month, UNICEF, along with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, released operational guidance on protecting children and schools from COVID-19.

Media contact H. E. Dr. Ros Soveacha, Spokesperson of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Tel: +855 78 755 556 or e-mail: ros.soveacha@moeys.gov.kh

Media Contacts

Rudina Vojvoda
Chief of Communication
UNICEF Cambodia
Tel: +85523260204;ext=434
Bunly Meas
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Cambodia
Tel: +85523260204;ext=435

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