Education in Emergencies: To ensure disaster-affected children are able to resume classes the soonest and to return to a sense of normalcy after an emergency, UNICEF assists the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) in preparing for and responding to disasters and climate change through the establishment of safe schools. The UNICEF response to the 2018 earthquake in the Highlands for example allowed nearly 7,000 children to return to classes. These children also benefitted from student and teacher supplies as well as recreational materials.
Inclusive Early Childhood Development (IECD): UNICEF assists the GoPNG in the establishment of an early childhood car and development policy, pre- and in-service early childhood teacher training, development of an inclusive early childhood education curriculum, and the operationalization of national minimum operating standards for IECD.
UNICEF also collaborates closely with non-governmental and faith-based organizations in 6 provinces to set up IECDs to give young children the best start in life.