What we do
UNICEF is working to create sustainable youth engagement initiatives that provide platforms for young people to express themselves. Making use of peer educators, youth associations, the Scouts and other clubs and community groups, UNICEF is expanding the discussion of themes such as the environment, conflict resolution, violence, and peace education.
Focus group discussions with young people help to direct the content of future engagement, ensuring young people maintain a meaningful participation in the initiatives that involve them.
UNICEF, in collaboration with the UNFPA and other partners, has developed a life skills peer educator kit specifically adapted to the Malagasy context. This kit reinforces certain topics, including adolescent reproductive health, conflict resolution, sexual violence, environmental protection and communication skills. In addition to using peer educators, messages are spread through religious groups, local radio stations, television and community-based protection networks.
UNICEF works to support a national campaign to stop HIV/AIDS spreading in Madagascar, and improve sexual health among young people. The HIV/AIDS prevention and care programme is committed to maintaining a low HIV prevalence in Madagascar through community-based prevention measures, youth interventions and improved access to basic social services related to reproductive health.
At a national level, UNICEF advocates and provides technical assistance to support the strengthening of policies, legislation and institutional frameworks dealing with youth related issues, on the basis of evidence-based knowledge and lessons learned from field experience.
Youth SMS polling
In 2009, UNICEF launched an SMS poll surveying young people in seven African countries, including Madagascar. The poll focused on the themes of agriculture and the environment. Find out what young people in Madagascar said here.