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Jamaica's first animated puppet series has big ambitions

JAMAICA'S FIRST ever animated puppet series has set out to teach children about and responsibilities and their rights.

The fun animated puppet series, Ackee Walk, is set in a family-oriented community in Jamaica, teaching children about their rights and responsibilities and designed for kids up to the age of six.

Watch the first episode below:

Ackee Walk, currently in its embryonic stage, has produced a first season with 26 six-minute episodes airing on Television Jamaica on Saturday mornings.

Research done by the United Nation in 2012 showed that early stimulation of children should be done in the home; however this is dependent on factors such as “parenting knowledge and expertise”.

The same research refers to the Jamaican Profiles Project, which highlights that homes in poorer communities have little or no physical materials to stimulate children’s development especially in the area of mastering social skills.

The show is aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for quality education, peace, justice, strong social institutions, gender equality, climate action and reduced poverty and hunger, globally.

During the six-minute episodes, kids get to meet a host of fun and exciting characters including Lucea, who is a kind and intelligent six-year-old girl from “country”, who moves to Ackee Walk when her parents emigrate to work abroad. She now lives with her grandmother, Nana.

Little Kingston is a talented, energetic six-year-old boy, and Lucea's cousin. They have many adventures together with other children in Ackee Walk, including St Andrew, who used a wheel chair.

Then there's farmer Sammy, the school teacher Miss Elizabeth and and Kingston's parents, Lorna and Gong.

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