Project supports school enrollment in six departments

26 February 2024
Foto voluntarios niños fuera de la escuela
UNICEF/Paraguay/2023/Cabrera
Volunteers from the Children Out of School project tour the communities in search of students who are not enrolled.

ASUNCIÓN, February 23rd, 2024. The project entitled “¡Vamos a la escuela!”(Let’s go to school) led by the Ministry of Education and Sciences (MEC) in cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) from Qatar, is supporting the enrollment of boys and girls in six departments of the country.

The initiative, locally supported by Global Infancia and Fundación Alda, focuses on enrolling boys and girls who have not yet enrolled in schools and are out of the educational system in the departments of Central, Itapúa, Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, Concepción, and San Pedro.

The campaign intensifies over the next 60 days, calling on families, departmental and district authorities, community leaders, members of the national education system, actors in the protection system, and society to support the search and identification of children who are not enrolled in the education system.

To reach them, active search and community mobilization sessions are implemented, along with information and awareness through door-to-door visits, dissemination of messages on radios and social networks, as well as referral to services and programs supporting vulnerable families, coinciding with the start of the school year.

Call to Action

"¡Vamos a la escuela!" (Let’s go to school) is primarily directed at parents to recognize the importance of education as a tool for change in the lives of their children and to enroll and support their children's attendance at the nearest educational institution.

It also invites the educational community to intensify efforts to identify children who are out of school in their communities and to work in coordination with the national system for promoting and protecting children's rights to help overcome barriers that may reinforce existing educational exclusion.

Finally, it calls on local authorities from municipalities and governorates to intensify support for families and coordinated work with schools to identify and enroll children in this situation.

Preliminary Results

The “¡Vamos a la escuela!” (Let’s go to school) project has already identified and enrolled more than 2,800 boys and girls since 2023. This was achieved through coordinated actions and daily awareness-raising with families, teachers, school principals, and the entire educational community.

The project promotes the strengthening of the management capacities of educational institutions and district and departmental education councils to promote the right to education for all boys and girls.

¡Vamos a la escuela! (Let’s go to school)

In 2024, 175 educational institutions will provide direct support to children and families identified through the project, beyond the enrollment campaign, throughout the year, in selected locations.

This year, the valuable collaboration of more than 600 volunteers will also be counted on for community tasks.

UNICEF

Media contacts

Cecilia Sirtori
Oficial de Comunicación
UNICEF Paraguay
Tel: +595 21 611 007/8 int. 132
Diego Brom
Asociado de Comunicación
UNICEF Paraguay
Tel: +595 21 611 007/8 int. 218
Tel: +595 981 942 148

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