Most of UNICEF’s work is in thefield, with staff in over 190 countries and territories.
More than 200 countryoffices carry out UNICEF’s mission through programs developed with hostgovernments. Seven regional offices provide technical assistance to countryoffices as needed.1 The strategies adopted by UNICEFcountry offices in promoting UPE include:a) Community based planningtarget setting and monitoring b) Focus on enrolment andcompletion for 5-7 age out of school children c) Partnership buildingamong government departments /organizations, community and civil society d) Launchingdistrict level mobilization to support micro planning in project areae) Capacity building forimproved district education system and sustainability UNICEF Punjab (Pakistan), forexample, engaged partners such as the Education Department, Punjab, thePakistan Army, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and increasedSialkot’s (Punjab district) enrolment rate of 5-9 year children from 74% to 97%in 2002.
2Under the principles of UPE, UNICEFplaces great emphasis on inclusive education, advocating real learningopportunities within the regular school system for groups who havetraditionally been excluded, such as children with disabilities and speakers ofminority languages. The Right of Children with Disabilities to Education: ARights-based Approach to Inclusive Education, a report published by UNICEF in2012, aims to increase global awareness regarding disability education. Onlinematerials, such as the UNICEF Disability Orientation and the UNICEF InclusiveCommunication module, have also been designed with the aim to educatestakeholders of disability education to better communicate with children withdisabilities.
3 Gender equality in education is alsoa key issue that UNICEF aims to tackle. UNICEF Gender Action Plan, published in2014, specifies how UNICEF will promote gender equality across all of theorganization’s work at the global, regional and country levels.4In more specific circumstances,UNICEF also works to provide and maintain education for children affected byhumanitarian crises and conflict. UNICEF works together with its partners toprovide learning spaces that are safe, available, suitable for children,equipped with water and learning facilities. An example of such efforts would bethe 37 Child Friendly Spaces that UNICEF and its partners have set up in areasplagued by crises and conflict.
UNICEF also support governments as they endorseand implement the Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines for ProtectingSchools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict.51 UNICEF. “What wedo”, https://www.unicef.org/what-we-do, Lastaccessed on 18 January 2018.2 UNICEF Punjab.
“Universal Primary Education Project Sialkot”, https://www.unicef.org/evaldatabase/files/PAK_01-034.pdf, Lastaccessed 18 January 2018.3 UNICEF, “InclusiveCommunication Module”, https://www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_90418.
html, Lastaccessed on 18 January 2018. 4 UNICEF, “Girl’seducation” https://www.unicef.org/education/bege_61718.html, Lastaccessed on 18 January 2018.
5 UNICEF. “Educationin emergencies”, https://www.unicef.org/education/bege_70640.html, Lastaccessed on 18 January 2018.