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Innovations in education

Access to education has improved in the past decade for millions of children. But far too many of the world’s most disadvantaged children remain excluded from school, and many of the children in school do not learn the basic skills they need to lead productive lives.

Education systems around the globe must do more than increase resources to engage the children excluded because of location, gender, disability, ethnic origin, violence or natural disaster. Addressing these challenges requires more than business as usual.

Click here to further explore our Landscape of Innovations in Education.

With resources and experience in more than 140 countries, UNICEF aims to serve as a catalyst for innovation.

In particular, UNICEF is engaged in Innovations in Education, an effort that identifies and develops innovative educational models that can improve children’s learning outcomes and advance the international equity agenda.

Innovations in Education identifies potential innovations, provides support to determine if they can be implemented effectively at necessary scales and measures success.

Not just technology

For UNICEF, educational innovation can be found in processes, services, programmes and partnerships. To be innovative, an idea or approach must be effective, gain traction, and have the capacity to function on necessary scales.

UNICEF recognizes that there are many innovators already at work in the classroom – whether that classroom is in a school building, a community centre, a tent or under a tree.

Next steps

UNICEF is collaborating with partners to systematically identify, assess and incubate promising innovations. In 2014, together with the Center for Education Innovations at Results for Development Institute (R4D), we have selected a first round of innovations to spur changes in education systems and practices. The projects are as follows:



To learn more about other innovations, please use the interactive map above.

For more information on Innovations in Education at UNICEF, please contact: jgiraldoospino at unicef dot org.



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