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About us

© UNICEF/UN04024/Gilbertson VII Photo
In December 2015, children play at the refugee shelter at Templehof Airfield in Berlin, a former airport dating back to the 1920s, and was used during the Berlin Airlift in 1948.

UNICEF protects the right of every child to an education by:

• Providing vulnerable children around the world with access to learning
• Making sure that once children get to school, their education adequately prepares them for the future 

For UNICEF, this means focusing on:

Early learning: building a foundation to prepare young children for school and learning at the right age.

Equal access:
finding ways for more children to attend school – especially girls, children with disabilities and children who face discrimination based on race, ethnicity, disability or migration status.

securing children’s right to attend school in emergencies and bolstering education systems so children and schools can live through – and past – conflict and disasters.

encouraging child-friendly approaches that make schools safer, healthier, more inclusive and better at teaching essential knowledge and skills.

working with partners to secure funding and support for quality educational opportunities for every child.

: building strong education systems that are innovative, effective, transparent and responsive to the communities they serve.

Education in numbers at UNICEF

UNICEF collaborates with partners to develop educational systems that provide the world’s most disadvantaged children with learning opportunities that change their lives and the lives of their children.

In 2016, UNICEF:

• Supported 15.7 million children and over 330,000 classrooms with learning materials.

• Trained 39,000 school communities to make their schools healthier, better planned and managed, and more accessible to children with disabilities.

• Reached 11.7 million children in humanitarian situations with educational support.



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