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.
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.
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.