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Global program for Education

Together with UNICEF, the H&M Foundation invests in a better future for the most vulnerable children through early education and care.
Our goals

145,000

children, parents, teachers and influencers will be reached with Early Childhood Development programs.

4

countries will be the focus to facilitate ministry collaboration to enable Early Childhood Development implementation.

1

tool will be developed to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development.

145,000

children, parents, teachers and influencers will be reached with Early Childhood Development programs.

4

countries will be the focus to facilitate ministry collaboration to enable Early Childhood Development implementation.

1

tool will be developed to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development.

Photo: UNICEF
Photo: UNICEF
Photo: UNICEF
Photo: UNICEF
Photo: UNICEF

Singing songs. Painting pictures. Building with colourful bricks. Evidence shows that the activities that sound like pure fun are the building blocks of lifelong learning. Children who experience love, proper nutrition and protection in a stimulating environment during early childhood become resilient, learn effectively and can help build strong, safe communities and economies when they reach adulthood.

Children’s brains are developing rapidly at a very young age and if they are in a positive and stimulating environment during this sensitive time, their ability to succeed and achieve later in life increases significantly.

“Nearly 250 million children under the age of five in developing countries are at risk of poor development.”

UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto

Early Childhood Development is one of the most impactful ways to give children the best start in life. However, many children still don’t receive this support in their early years.

In Phase 1 of the Global Program with UNICEF (2014-2017), we reached over 100,000 children in poor communities with Early Childhood Development programs, and influenced governments to place Early Childhood Development on their national agendas.

Moving into the next gear

Building on the success of the first phase, we now move the Global Program into the second phase with the aim to improve the lives of young children, their families and communities.

The program will focus on Mali, East Timor, Vietnam and Egypt, where many children lack the early stimulation and care needed to succeed later in life.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS INCREASES TOLERANCE, COOPERATION AND RESPECT WHICH PREVENTS CONFLICTS AND BRING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER.

UNICEF will work holistically with parents, caregivers, teachers, governments, politicians and influencers to increase awareness and enable change to happen. A tool will also be developed, to measure the wider impact Early Childhood Development services has on conflict and post-conflict societies.

OUR GOALS

  • Reach 145,000 children, parents, teachers and influencers with Early Childhood Development programs, so that every child can have the best start in life.
  • Facilitate collaboration within national ministries in four countries to enable implementation of Early Childhood Development services.
  • Develop a tool to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development efforts for tolerance, cooperation and respect to prevent conflicts and bring communities together.

RESULTS FROM PHASE 1

Here you can download the report from phase 1 of this project, taking place 2014-2016.

 

SUMMARY
Focus area: Education
Project: Global program for Education
Country: Egypt, Mali, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
Partner: UNICEF
Project period: 2017-2020
Total donation: 60 million Swedish krona
People reached by 2020: 145,000

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