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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. Last year, UNICEF helped provide 17 million out-of-school children with an education.Last year, Last year, UNICEF helped provide 17 million out-of-school children with an education.

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • On average, an extra year of schooling increases a person’s income by 10 percent
  • Countries embroiled in conflict have 20 percent of the world’s primary-school-age children but 50 percent of the world's out-of-school kids
  • COVID-19's prolonged school closures increase the likelihood that families will put their children to work; at least 24 million kids are expected to drop out 
  • At the height of the pandemic, close to 1.6 billion children worldwide were out of school. Experts estimate that as a group, they could lose as much as $10 trillion in lifetime earnings as a result
  • Only half of the world's refugee children have gone to primary school, and less than a quarter have attended high school; the numbers are bleaker for girls
  • Disability is the single largest barrier to education.
  • At least 463 million — or 31 percent — of school children worldwide have no access to the digital and broadcast remote learning programs enacted to counter COVID-19 school closures

"The only way we can ensure peace and prosperity is by educating our children," says Latifa Shafahi, a UNICEF-supported teacher in Afghanistan's Bamyan Province. Coronavirus has exacerbated the toll of decades of conflict on Afghanistan and its children — around 3.7 million of whom are out of school. But Shafahi is determined that COVID-19 won't derail vulnerable children's investments in themselves and their future.

"The only way we can ensure peace and prosperity is by educating our children," says Latifa Shafahi, a UNICEF-supported teacher in Afghanistan's Bamyan Province. Coronavirus has exacerbated the toll of decades of conflict on Afghanistan and its children — around 3.7 million of whom are out of school. But Shafahi is determined that COVID-19 won't derail vulnerable children's investments in themselves and their future.

 

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  • UNICEF delivers: Last year, 17 million out-of-school children went to preschool, primary and secondary school with UNICEF’s help. 4 million children and young people participated in a skills development program
  • UNICEF takes a 360 approach: COVID-19 has hurt Venezuelan children’s learning and the struggling nation's food supply. So, packed along with the educational kits, notebooks and learning guides UNICEF delivers to children at home are groceries to ensure they and their families won't go hungry
  • UNICEF aims to over-perform: Since 2016, UNICEF’s equity approach to education ensured that over 52 million out-of-school children were able to learn, well beyond the 40 million target initially set for 2019
  • UNICEF stands up for children who face the greatest barriers: Accessible digital textbooks were developed to improve learning for 55,000 disadvantaged children, including those with disabilities, in Kenya

  • UNICEF sets kids up for success: Helping children feel prepared and empowered to learn is a big part of UNICEF’s work. Last year, 12.4 million children received learning materials
  • UNICEF levels the playing field: 2.8 million households benefited from cash assistance to meet families’ basic needs and relieve the economic pressures that can force children to go to work — not school
  • UNICEF supports teachers, too: Teacher training has helped make inclusive education a reality for children with disabilities in 54 percent of the countries where UNICEF works
  • UNICEF helped provide 12.4 million children with school supplies and learning materials
  • COVID-19 has hurt Venezuelan children’s learning and the struggling nation's food supply. So, packed along with the educational kits, notebooks and learning guides UNICEF delivers to children at home are groceries so they and their families won't go hungry
  • UNICEF helped 17 million out-of-school children go to preschool, primary and secondary school.
  • UNICEF helped develop accessible digital textbooks to improve learning for 55,000 disadvantaged children, including those with disabilities, in Kenya
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UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet Tabarak. She lives in Iraq, where 2.6 million children go to school sporadically or not at all. But thanks to UNICEF’s work to reopen thousands of schools that have been damaged or destroyed by war, she and her friends are learning again.

Meet Tabarak. She lives in Iraq, where UNICEF has reopened thousands of schools that were damaged by war so she and her friends can learn again