Basic education and gender equality

Focus areas

© UNICEF/ HQ98-1084/ Pirozzi
A group of students smile outside the public primary school in the town of Randfontein in Gauteng Province, approximately 55 km from Pretoria, South Africa.

The areas in which UNICEF concentrates its work in girls' education depend on the local context.  The following pages introduce some of UNICEF's focus areas, including the early years, life skills based education, preventing HIV/AIDS, child-friendly schools, water, sanitation and school hygiene, education in emergencies, and eliminating child labour and exploitation. Attention to gender cuts across all areas.



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