UNICEF works to create conditions that enable children and adolescents not only to attend school, but to continue to do so and thereby learn effectively.
UNICEF works to mitigate the various factors that may cause children and adolescents not to attend school or leave school prematurely, as well as the limitations that may arise in the country's educational system.
Often, these circumstances result in many children and adolescents not having the basic competencies expected for their age group, especially in the case of children who make up vulnerable populations, such as indigenous children, children with disabilities. and boys and girls who live in extreme poverty.
The main objective is for all children and adolescents to learn and acquire skills for the future.
Guaranteeing universal access for boys, girls and adolescents to quality and relevant education is one of the objectives of the new program for the country.
UNICEF, in collaboration with educational authorities and other actors, contributes to ensuring that boys and girls have access to relevant and quality education, as well as strengthening the school as a nucleus to ensure the protection of children's rights.
The country program 2023 – 2026 - through an approach with a gender perspective and focused on equity - aims to guarantee that all children and adolescents in Venezuela, including the most vulnerable, can fully exercise all their rights and develop their full potential. potential in a safe and inclusive society.
UNICEF contributions for the education of Venezuelan children in 2022:
- More than 175,000 children throughout the country received teaching materials upon their return to school, while more than 96,000 schoolchildren were provided with school feeding.
- To strengthen the capacities of teachers and contribute to educational authorities in a safe return to the classrooms, UNICEF Venezuela adapted – for Latin America – the global protocol for the safe reopening of schools; an online course that was taught to hundreds of teachers.
- UNICEF accompanied the incorporation of the conceptual framework on life skills, including aspects such as self-knowledge, leadership and teamwork, to the secondary education curriculum. The Skills for Life program, in a pilot stage with educational authorities, reached 281,000 students and 14,500 teachers in 804 schools throughout the country, with the aim of promoting a system to support the learning and empowerment of adolescents.
- Together with the country's educational authorities, UNICEF Venezuela implements a comprehensive care program for academic leveling and socio-emotional support. In 2022, 2,427 boys and girls received support to return to the school system and 1,456 were reintegrated into it.