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UNESCO Screens ‘The Refuge of Audrey’ at Biodiversity Talks

New animated series from Watch Next Media features the adventures of a 7-year-old girl and her best friends, living in a refuge for endangered species, that entertain, educate, and encourage kids to care more about our planet; now on Okoo, the series is coming to France Télévisions.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently hosted a day of discussions dedicated to biodiversity preservation. The day began with a screening of two episodes of the animated series The Refuge of Audrey, produced by Watch Next Media for France Télévisions, followed by expert presentations.

This event, part of the “UNESCO Campus” program, brought together several primary school classes from Paris, providing young students an opportunity to learn and engage in planet protection. A discussion between the children and experts in biodiversity and animal conservation followed the screening.

The animated series Audrey’s Shelter, supported by France Télévisions, aims to raise awareness of biodiversity issues for its young audience. The series portrays the life of Audrey, a 7-year-old girl, and her best friend and neighbor, Tommy, in a refuge for endangered species. The adventures educate young viewers about animal welfare.

The program is now available on the Okoo platform and will be broadcast on France Télévisions beginning April 6. It is distributed by Kids First and supported by seven public broadcasters from four different countries: France Télévisions, TVOKids, Radio-Canada, TFO, and Knowledge (Canada), ZDF (Germany), and Clan TV / RTVE (Spain), all set to air the series in spring 2024.

Swiss public television (RTS), Belgian (RTBF), Portuguese (RTP), and Finnish (YLE) broadcasters, the international channel TV5 Monde, and the pay channels E-Junior and beIN Kids in the Middle East have also picked up the series.

“The commitment of France Télévisions and several foreign public broadcasters to The Refuge of Audrey reflects the relevance of this theme to the new generation,” commented Next Media CEO Philippe Alessandri. “We are proud to collaborate with UNESCO and France Télévisions to educate and entertain children, imparting essential values for the future of our planet. Through the strong and unique personality of its heroine, the series also encourages girls to assert themselves and challenges female stereotypes."

The UNESCO event, with the support of France Télévisions and Watch Next Media, aimed to demonstrate how an animated series can raise young people's awareness of biodiversity. The Refuge of Audrey expands children's knowledge of environmental protection and encourages them to care more about our planet. This initiative highlights the importance of environmental education and demonstrates that collaborative actions can inspire young people to work towards a greener future.

Source: UNESCO

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.