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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake speaks a meeting on the role of regional organizations and institutions in protecting children at the United Nations Headquarters.

UNICEF works with governments and the international development community to advance human rights, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All (EFA) goals. We do this by generating evidence and knowledge on the situation of children and analysing the impact of public policies on them. We then use this evidence to advocate for policies that foster the implementation of children’s rights.

In education, UNICEF works mainly through partnerships with other organizations to support national plans for providing quality primary education for all children. At the international level, we are part of four core partnerships that work to accelerate progress towards achievement of Millennium Development Goal 2 (on universal primary education) and Goal 3 (on gender equality):

The Education for All Global Action Plan, coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), provides technical support to countries to develop education plans leading to achievement of the six Education for All goals (also known as the Dakar Goals). It also supports monitoring of EFA progress. With other partners providing planning expertise, UNICEF can concentrate on working to incorporate its successful initiatives more systematically into national plans and priorities. UNICEF also links its monitoring and evaluation efforts to the wider overview of progress provided by the EFA Global Monitoring Report.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a multilateral partnership that works to ensure that education aid is better coordinated and more effective, based on countries’ own education strategies. The partnership, established in 2002, is made up of developing countries, bilateral, regional, and international agencies, development banks, the private sector, teachers, and local and global civil society groups. Since its creation, the GPE has helped 19 million children enrol in school for the first time.

The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is a partnership of organizations committed to narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education. UNGEI advocates for gender parity and equality and provides technical support for designing, financing and implementing national education plans. Participating in the Initiative helps UNICEF to marshal the influence and resources of many partners to support gender parity and equality in national education plans and priorities.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Cluster for Education in Emergencies, which is co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children, helps to coordinate the efforts of United Nations agencies, government partners, and national and international non-governmental organizations in communities affected by conflict and natural disasters. Education is increasingly recognised as an important sector within humanitarian response.  The cluster works to coordinate efforts to restore schooling for children and rebuild education systems, helping countries affected by emergencies to return to normal.

Education Cannot Wait is the world’s first global fund designed to transform the delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises. It provides support and funding to prioritize education at the onset of a crisis; joining up governments, humanitarian actors and development efforts to deliver education. The fund protects development funding, helps countries get back on track to longer-term planning and finance, while strengthening resilience in education systems. The fund aims to reach 75 million crisis-affected children and youth with safe, free and quality education by 2030. The day-to-day work of the fund will be managed by an interim Secretariat that is hosted and administered within UNICEF.

Educate A Child: Launched in 2012, Educate A Child (EAC) is a global initiative under the Education Above All Foundation in Qatar. EAC’s goal is to influence the enrolment and retention of at least 10 million out-of-school children. UNICEF’s first partnerships with EAC started in 2012 with the goal of providing good quality education for all children, including the most excluded and marginalized. In 2015, UNICEF’s partnership with EAC was expanded to bring quality education to more than 3 million children through co-funded programmes across 14 countries.



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