Transforming lives through education
In 2014 the Varkey Foundation partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Schools for Asia Initiative throughout 2014. The UNICEF Schools for Asia initiative builds on the success of Schools for Africa and aims to give children the best start in life.
This is accomplished through sound teaching and learning materials, safe and clean school facilities, well-designed curricula that include life skills education on health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation and HIV prevention, and trained teachers that provide empowering education and create environments where girls and boys are treated equally and are able to be the best that they can.
Schools for Good
The Varkey Foundation made a commitment to the UNICEF Schools for Asia Initiative by setting up an initial ‘kick-start’ fund to support the participating GEMS schools in their fundraising for the initiative and they matched the donations raised.
Through fundraising and awareness activities for the initiative, 23 GEMS schools were able to help improve the education, health and well-being of the most vulnerable children in Asia.
Watch "The Classroom" by 11 year old Sonu Thakur from West Bengal. It was named the winner of UNICEF's CRC 20th Anniversary one-minute video contest and promotes every child's right to say more
In the Phillipines
UNICEF has been helping fund a five-year project to uphold young peoples right to a voice. Kabataan News Network works with around 160 young journalists from ten regions across the Philippines.
In Timor Leste
Less than half of all children start school at the right age. Watch this short film and spend a day with 16 year old Gersio.
Watch as local teachers provide young children with a bilingual education, helping them retain the language of their families and speak for their future.