16 February 2024

Two pager: EDUCATION

In 190 countries around the world, UNICEF works to provide quality learning opportunities that prepare children and adolescents with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.  However, for the first time in history, there are more non-learners in school than out of school globally. Quality learning requires a safe, friendly environment, qualified and motivated teachers, and instruction in languages students can understand. It also requires that education outcomes be monitored and feed back into instruction. Access to quality education and skills development must be equitable and inclusive for all children and adolescents, regardless of who they are or where they live. In Moldova, we make targeted efforts to reach children who are excluded from education and learning: UNICEF supported the finalization of the Education Sector Plan 2030 (ESP), helped develop the National Programme on Inclusive Education to bring inclusive services closer to the individual needs of children and supported the Education Management Information System  with two new modules helping collect robust data on preschool education and children with disabilities. Quality pre-primary education is the foundation of a child’s journey: Every stage of education that follows relies on its success. Yet, despite the proven and lifelong benefits, nearly half of all pre-primary-age children globally are not enrolled in pre-primary education. In Moldova, UNICEF supported the development of seven funding schemes to ensure universal access to preschool education for all children.   Children living through conflict, natural disaster and displacement are in urgent need of educational support. Crises not only halt children’s learning but also roll back their gains. During the Ukraine emergency, UNICEF provided of educational support throughout humanitarian response, working with UNHCR, WFP and other partners.