This new National Geographic Kids Africa programme aims to inspire young environmentalists

National Geographic together with its partners has announced the title and lineup of its highly anticipated kids programme in Africa.

The TV program dubbed Team Sayari is a production developed in partnership with Walt Disney Company Africa, the US Department of State, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect.

Field production is reportedly underway after the partners announced local hosts and the proposed title for the show.

The program aims to explore wildlife and environmental issues around the continent and motivate the younger population to actively participate in preservation and conservation efforts  Sayari Is the Swahili word for planet, denoting the program’s focus on matters affecting our planet today and in the future.

A specially-built set for the show has been built in Nairobi, going by the moniker Sayari Basecamp. The first-of-its-kind production space embodies childhood imagination and adventure with a tree house-inspired hideout that is locally built and designed, including African-inspired and nature-based motifs, coupled with elements of advanced technology. The basecamp comes complete with a mission control wall, a cleek chill area a lively interview spot.

“The series, produced by local production company White Rhino Films aims to celebrate the environment and raise awareness of conservation and associated issues in a fun and relatable way, will air later this year on both National Geographic Wild and Disney Channel across Africa. There will also be engaging digital extensions on social media platforms that will allow viewers to further explore topics addressed in the series as well as an outreach programme that will extend the reach of the programme into countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The program aims at motivating lasting and effective behavioral change in young viewers across the continent and create the next generation of environmental leaders.

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