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You Can Join Star Wars & UNICEF Innovation to be a “Force for Change”

A new campaign that launched on May 21st is offering fans of UNICEF and Star Wars a chance to win a trip to visit the upcoming Star Wars: Ep. VII set in London and film a scene in the movie, all while benefitting UNICEF Innovation programs. The “Star Wars: Force for Change” campaign will support efforts by UNICEF and its partners to develop innovative solutions to the most urgent problems facing the world’s children. UNICEF Innovation projects include the digital drum, a rugged solar-powered computer kiosk designed to give children in Uganda sustainable access to information, and RapidFTR, a mobile tracking app that helps reunite children with their families during emergencies. Disney, a key global corporate partner of UNICEF, has generously committed $1 million to launch Star Wars: Force for Change, which will benefit UNICEF. Go to Omaze.com/StarWars by July 25 to enter to win!

Disney's Support to Help Create a Brighter Future

Disney and UNICEF first collaborated at the 1964 World's Fair when Disney unveiled the "it’s a small world" attraction, a tribute to UNICEF and children around the world.

From 2011-2013, Disney contributed approximately $3.3 million to UNICEF towards innovations and programming that help foster imagination and creativity in children across the globe. As a company, Disney is committed to supporting creative-thinking skills through play, storytelling, culture, and innovation.

Grants

UNICEF P.L.A.Y., Play & Learning Activities for Youth: Championing the Power of Interactive Play for Child Development

With Disney's support, UNICEF is expanding the means that communities have to promote children's happiness, health, and well-being by introducing mobile play units called Imagination Playgrounds™ in Haiti and Bangladesh. In these countries, UNICEF will train educators, service providers, and families themselves to integrate play and recreation in ways that can build children's self-esteem, encourage them to share and express their feelings, and prepare them to learn.

The UNICEF P.L.A.Y. pilot will reach more than 13,000 children through the placement of 30 Imagination Playgrounds™ in primary schools, child-friendly spaces, and orphanages in Haiti and Bangladesh. Watch the powerful video.

UNICEF S.M.I.L.E. (Skills, Motivation & Imagination for Learning Excellence) Project: Harnessing the Power of Creativity to Improve the Quality of Education

Focusing on innovation and creativity in education, UNICEF's S.M.I.L.E. project aims to benefit children living in China's remote rural communities by nurturing creative thinking skills and innovative teaching methods. Disney's support has helped UNICEF and China's Ministry of Education introduce creative, engaging and inclusive teaching methods to build more interactive and participatory classrooms and, ultimately, more child-friendly schools for the most vulnerable children in China.

Additional Collaboration

Disney and UNICEF also collaborate worldwide on a collection of other activities, including employee charitable giving, and Disney's Friends for Change, a program that encourages kids and families to help people and the planet.