What We Do
Investing in quality early learning programmes for children is the most efficient way to protect children from a very young age, ensure on time attendance and success in school, and reduce national social expenditures later in life. Returns are greatest for the most at-risk children. For that population in particular, quality early learning programmes can result in reduced costs later for special education, remedial classes, and even incarceration.
The Learning and Development Programme begins with Early Childhood Development as the foundation for good transitioning and performance in Quality Basic Education and Secondary Education.
Violence, abuse, and neglect are damaging to all aspects of child and adolescent development. Preventing and responding to violence and abuse is essential to ensuring children’s rights. UNICEF is committed to working in partnership with all stakeholders to prevent violence and advance the protection of children throughout Guyana and Suriname.
Preventing contact with the law is a crucial element of any juvenile justice policy. Investing in preventing children from coming into contact with the law, through the provision of adequate human, financial and institutional resources, and strong policies and partnerships at all levels for enforcement (including with parents, children, government, civil society and development partners) is essential to the protection of children's rights. The provision of quality social services, including Health and Family Life Education, and programmes which support protection, health and adolescent development, will empower children and reduce their vulnerability when coming into contact with the law whether as perpetrators, victims or witnesses.
The manifestations of climate change if not addressed now, will affect the survival, growth, development and participation of children thus hindering their optimum performance and achievements. Prevention and mitigation of these threats are inextricably linked to the achievement of the goals and standards set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).