Partner Since 2006
Total Donated: $2 million+
Since 2006, Western Union has committed more than $2.8 million to UNICEF’s education and disaster recovery programs, including support for UNICEF's critical efforts to rebuild and improve Haiti’s education system following the devastating earthquake in 2010.
With the support of the Western Union Foundation, UNICEF is working to improve children's access to a quality education by training teachers, curriculum development, financial literacy, vocational and life skills, as well as school improvements.
Through Western Union's Education for Better program, the Western Union Foundation supports access to education and vocational training, promote financial literacy and personal finance skills, support small businesses that help create jobs for graduates and equip individuals, families and entire communities with the resources and tools they need to better their lives.
The PASS Initiative
From 2012 to 2015, the Western Union Foundation will donate a minimum of $1.8 million (or Euro 1.5m) to support UNICEF education programs. Through the PASS initiative, UNICEF and Western Union will harness the power of soccer to ensure children around the world gain access to a quality education and are able to reach their full potential.
As the global partner of the UEFA Europa League, Western Union has committed to turning every successful pass in the current and next two seasons of competition into funds to support access to a quality education for young people. The PASS initiative will contribute toward the delivery of one millions days of school over the duration of Western Union’s three year sponsorship of the Europa League.
With a focus on secondary education, Western Union’s funding will support UNICEF education programs including teacher training; curriculum development; financial literacy, vocational and life skills training for adolescents; school improvements; and more.
In its first year, the partnership focused on support of education programs in Nigeria, Jamaica and Turkey, with donations for the second and third years to be allocated based on greatest need and impact achieved for young people.