Creating the ripple effect

An education is a fundamental human right that every child, regardless of gender, is entitled to.

We need more schools

Almost 60 million school-aged worldwide
still do not go to school.

Education fosters opportunity

With better access to education, countries can foster greater opportunity, strong economic growth, and increased employment, instead of the ongoing cycle of poverty and unrest.

We need more schools

Although there is much to be done to end preventable child and infant deaths, significant progress has been made.


Children have a right to an education.


Discipline in schools should respect children's human dignity.


Primary education should be free for all children.


Wealthy countries should help poorer countries achieve all child education rights.


Education should develop each child's personality and talents to the full.


Education should encourage children to respect their parents, and their own and other cultures.

What is UNICEF doing?

We're on a mission to see every child learning, right up until they are 18 years old.

Promoting child development

Our work for education is varied - from programmes in South Africa and Zambia so new mothers can go back to school after childbirth, to providing School-in-a-Box kits and tents to create temporary classrooms for children after natural disasters.

We also set up early childhood centres throughout the Pacific and South America, and provide child development and recreation programmes to developing regions so kids have the chance to play and learn in a safe environment.

Stories of children learning

Read the stories of how UNICEF is on the ground, helping educate children from all walks of life.

Eight-year-old Bassam and his family have been running from war for five years, only to have it chase them every step of the way

My bags and I are heading to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh — the largest refugee settlement in the world

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