The aim of this programme is to give children the best start in life. This is achieved by increasing children’s access to birth registration, clean drinking water, improved sanitation, nutritional support, healthcare, quality pre-schooling education and protection during their critical formative years. The programme supports capacity strengthening of local authorities, service providers and caregivers to prioritize actions that promote early childhood development.
A quality and inclusive education is central to the achievement of a high standard of schooling for all learners, and the development of more inclusive societies. This approach includes the provision of an education for all children and accommodating and responding to individual needs. This programme focuses on providing an inclusive learning programme for children with disabilities, ethnic minority students and those left off the education radar.
This programme works to ensure that girls and boys vulnerable and exposed to violence and those separated from their family, or at risk of separation, are increasingly protected by laws and protection services which are enhanced by a supportive community environment. The programme adopts a systems-strengthening approach at the national level and in five target provinces to overcome major barriers causing ineffective functioning of a comprehensive child protection system in Cambodia.
UNICEF’s contribution to the national HIV response is strategically situated within its health, nutrition and child protection programmes, which seek to integrally strengthen the health and social welfare systems. In these, UNICEF works closely with the government under the overall coordination of the National AIDS Authority.