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United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)


New York, USA



Description: UNICEF is the UN agency that looks after the rights of children. 

UNICEF has existed for 70 years and works across 190 countries and territories. It has the global authority to “influence decision-makers and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.”

Education is one of its pillars.

Their stated belief is:

“All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.”

Organization Type: International Inter-Governmental Organization
Issue areas covered:

UNICEF pioneered the ‘Child-Friendly School (CFS)’ model in education. This is – in simple terms – a model where schools should operate in the best interests of the child. Educational environments must have appropriate physical, emotional and social conditions for learning. Learning environments must be a haven for children to learn and grow, with innate respect for their identities and varied needs. The CFS model promotes inclusiveness, gender-sensitivity, tolerance, dignity and personal empowerment.

UNICEF also includes life skills. At present, ‘life skills’ do not include humane education/animal welfare education.

It also includes nutrition, under its child survival pillar. 
Key opportunities and dates for input: 
  • None evident.
Requirements for participation: 

UNICEF has civil society partnerships.

Advocacy Opportunities:
  • Advocacy for the inclusion of humane education/animal welfare education under Life Skills.
  • Advocacy for the inclusion of sustainable nutrition.

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