Education

Every girl and boy, everywhere, is entitled to high quality inclusive education.

Boy and twin girls painting in the kindergarten
UNICEF Serbia/2015/Pirozzi

Challenge

Some children are more likely to miss out on education than others.

That deprivation has lifelong consequences that often mean that the next generation will start out at a disadvantage.

Only 50% of children aged from 3 up to 5 attend preschools.

The resulting cycles of inequality and deprivation thwart the potential of both individuals and societies.

To dismantle the barriers that stand in the way of getting all children in quality education, UNICEF’s work focuses particularly on the children who are most often excluded.

  • Only 50% of children aged from 3 up to 5 attend preschools.
  • Only 9% of children from the poorest households and 6% of children from Roma settlements aged from 3 up to 5 attend preschools.
  • Primary school is completed by 66% of children living in poverty.
  • Secondary school is attended by 15% of girls from Roma settlements.

We work to increase capacities of institutions to include children from vulnerable groups and provide them with quality learning opportunities.

Our work is focused on enabling access to quality inclusive pre-school education that provides meaningful learning opportunities to all children.

Solution

UNICEF is dedicated to making sure that all children can enjoy their right to quality education, from early learning opportunities that lay the groundwork for success, all the way through secondary school.

  • Over 2,000 children enrolled into preschool education for the first time.
  • 186,260 pupils benefitted from improved capacities of teachers through direct support to schools.
  • Almost 96% of primary age refugee and migrant children are included in education in 38 primary schools across Serbia.
  • 4,200 education professionals supported to implement inclusive quality education.
  • Development and adoption of the For Every Child - New Preschool Curriculum Framework ensures continuity of learning from the preschool to primary school.

Over 2,000 children enrolled into preschool education for the first time.

Atila’s ordinary school day

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Dejana smiling at the camera while drawing with her peers

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