The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and UNICEF have jointly launched Tey Tey Nitean (Tey Tey the Storyteller), a new storytelling TV programme that aims to promote literacy and motivate children to read.

This original puppet programme offers a sense of hope and joy to children and their families during a period when children are required to learn from home due to Covid-19, according to a joint press release published on June 11.

The press release said that 12 pre-recorded episodes, each lasting up to 30 minutes, will educate and entertain children and their families.

Each episode includes a session with a UNICEF moderator that enables the audience to ask questions related to Covid-19 protection and prevention measures.

The show can be viewed on the TVK2 channel, the ministry’s official Facebook page, and UNICEF Cambodia’s Facebook page.

It said the stories are read by two entertaining puppets and inspired by books published by Sipar, an organisation that produces unique educational books for Cambodian children to improve their reading ability and knowledge.

During the launch of Tey Tey Nitean, Minister Hang Chuon Naron said he was pleased to see creative and inspiring programmes being developed to support Cambodia’s children with their distance learning.

Chuon Naron said: “My ministry looks forward to broadcasting this new storytelling programme for the enjoyment and educational purposes of children and their families through our online learning platforms, as well as through our new educational television channel, TVK2.”

He said the ministry, with the support of UNICEF, provides distance learning opportunities in key subjects to students ranging from pre-school to secondary school, including e-learning classes available online, on TV and radio.

UNICEF Cambodia chief of education officer 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.”

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