Strategic Partner

UNICEF

EAC and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to bring quality basic education to over 3.3 million children.

UNICEF
UNICEF

UNICEF was created with the purpose of working with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. UNICEF is committed to ensuring that all children – regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or circumstance – realise their right to a quality education. To that end, UNICEF supports innovative programs and initiatives that focus on the worlds most excluded and vulnerable children, including girls, the disabled, ethnic minorities, the rural and urban poor, victims of conflict and natural disasters and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.

UNICEF helps governments, communities and parents build the capacities and skills they need to fulfil their obligations to children. These obligations include ensuring the right of all children to free, compulsory quality education, even during a humanitarian crisis, in the recovery period after a crisis or in fragile and unstable situations. UNICEF also focuses on gender equality and works towards eliminating disparities of all kinds. 

EAC has country level partnerships with UNICEF in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen reaching more than 3.3 million out of school children with quality-primary education.

For more information on this EAC partner visit the UNICEF website.

Projects

More OOSC in School: Expanding the Reach of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)

Despite having the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children (OOSC), 10 million between the ages of 5-14, of any country in the world. Sixty percent of OOSC are located in northern Nigeria, where over 50% of eligible children are out of school. Poverty is a major barrier, as well as a mistrust of “western” education and the poor quality of education currently provided in schools. For girls, social and cultural practices such as child marriage pose additional challenges.

Operation Come to School in Kenya

Project Operation Come to School Kenya will be implemented in eight counties and one coastal island. This will result in 300,000 OOSC enrolled along with 50 schools rehabilitated and equipped with improved teaching and learning materials.

Formal Education for Out Of School Children in Somalia

The Formal Education for Out of School Children in Somalia project will identify and provide access to primary education for 64,000 out-of-school children ages 6-14 in marginalized communities.

Formal Education For Out of School Children in Comoros

Several political and economic crises in Comoros since its independence in 1975 have contributed to instability and poor living conditions for the 745,000 inhabitants of its four islands. A result of the instability is a marked increase in the number of out of school children in recent years. EAC and UNICEF have partnered to address the issue of out of school children in Comoros through the Formal Education for Out of School Children in Comoros project.

Equitable Quality Primary Education for All Children in DRC

In partnership with EAC and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF is implementing the Equitable Quality Primary Education for All Children project in DRC. The aim of this project is to ensure that approximately 1.5 million children in DRC have access to and are enrolled and participating in quality primary education.

Revitalizing Basic Education in Chad

The Revitalizing Basic Education in Chad project seeks to improve access to quality primary education in Chad. Over the course of a 4.5-year period, a total of 34,760 currently out of school children will be able to enrol in and complete a full course of quality primary education.

Quality Basic Education for Out of School Children in South Sudan (Successfully Completed Project)

EAC and UNICEF partnership project is improving access to education for out of school children in South Sudan, and aims to reach 32,640 out of school children with quality education.

Improving Access to Education for OOSC in Sudan

The EAC and UNICEF Improving Access to Education for OOSC project provides direct support to 600,000 OOSC.

Quality Basic Education for OOSC in Yemen

The Quality Basic Education for Out of School Children in Yemen project will enrol 102,000 OOSC in Yemen by creating and supporting quality interventions that facilitate children’s access to education and create in them the love for learning.