Sneak Preview: The Olive Branch, New Nick Jr. Show Teaches Conflict ResolutionCarolyn Castiglia
Nick Jr. will begin airing a new series June 1st called The Olive Branch, produced by Josh Selig’s Little Light Foundation. The program has been endorsed by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and UNICEF and its mission is to foster conflict-resolution around the world. Tutu understands that children’s programming can be an invaluable learning tool and says, “The Olive Branch is a wonderful example of television that will make a positive contribution to the world. It will be understood and appreciated by children in every country.” The show is performed entirely without words and is scored with “rich, classical music” by Emmy Award-winning composer, J. Walter Hawkes. The series is hand-drawn by Pablo Smith of The Wonder Pets! and 3rd & Bird.
To ensure that children in impoverished and war-torn nations will have access to The Olive Branch, the show is being sold to broadcasters “for one unit of their own currency per episode.” To learn more, visit the show’s beautifully illustrated website.
Sesame Workshop has expanded its presence around the world, and offers a similar message of cooperation to nations like Israel, Palestine, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. And for adults that are interested in learning more about conflict resolution and non-violence, Deepak Chopra has just created a website called I Take The Vow that promotes peace in thought, speech and action.
Photo: still from The Olive Branch