Following the success of UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative, Schools for Asia was launched in January 2012 with hopes of replicating the same success of ensuring that children have the best start to life.
This can be achieved through sound teaching and learning materials, school facilities that are safe and clean and contain mechanisms that protect children from harm, well-designed curriculum that includes life skills education focusing on health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and HIV prevention, trained teachers that can give children a rich and empowering education and build environments where girls and boys are treated equally and enabled to be the best that they can be.
The initiative particularly focuses on disadvantaged and marginalized children who are less likely to receive quality education because of their gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic location or poverty. Equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence is a step towards overcoming these barriers and contributing to development of society at large.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and tennis star Serena Williams is a proud proponent of Schools for Asia! You can hear from her as well as learn more about Schools for Asia here:
Schools for Asia countries include, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.