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Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says
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Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says

FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 24 May 2022 – The majority of wealthy countries are creating unhealthy, dangerous and noxious conditions for children across the world, according to the latest Report Card published today by UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.
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UNICEF and WHO launch the first Global Report on Assistive Technology

The first Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) is launched today by The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, produced in collaboration with UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti, shares evidence-based best practice examples and 10 key actionable recommendations on improving access to assistive technology for every child.
Tanzania's Ministries of Education, Schools2030 and UNICEF's Data Must Speak research join forces to improve education in the country
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Tanzania's Ministries of Education, Schools2030 and UNICEF's Data Must Speak research join forces to improve education in the country

UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Positive Deviance Research is expanding into Tanzania. The research, which is now active in 14 countries, aims to improve education around the world by identifying best practices from schools that are doing well.
In June 2021, Anna, Clarissa and Chiara socialize in the town center of Fara Gera D'adda, Bergamo, Italy.
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UNICEF Innocenti presents Vite a Colori report exposing the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of children and adolescents in Italy

UNICEF and the Authority for Children and Adolescents, an independent body that oversees the implementation of the rights of children in the Lombardy region of Italy, Riccardo Bettiga, presented the Report "Vite a Colori” (Life in Colors) about the experiences, perceptions, and opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic of children and adolescents in Italy.
How do the world’s leading education experts recommend the education sector should respond to Covid-19?
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How do the world’s leading education experts recommend the education sector should respond to Covid-19?

The arrival and scale of the Covid-19 pandemic caught everyone off guard; the pandemic, and its reverberating impacts, are far from over. The pandemic has impacted every area of the lives of every person around the globe, and education has been hit by its worst crisis in a century. In some countries, policy makers have been doing their best to respond to an unprecedented and fast-moving situation; in others, they have yet to grasp the magnitude of this monumental shock. Evidence on the effectiveness and impact of various policy and programmatic responses has been in short supply, in part because few countries were prepared. But recovering learning is now a gigantic task in need of urgent action.
What are the best practices to help build strong foundational skills and better educational systems?
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What are the best practices to help build strong foundational skills and better educational systems?

Join educational researcher Nina Alonso for this podcast series as she shares powerful stories from teachers around the world, talking in their own words about their own experiences.
New research programme reveals how positive deviance in schools can improve education for all
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New research programme reveals how positive deviance in schools can improve education for all

Why do some schools do better than others despite operating under similar – sometimes very difficult – conditions? How can others benefit from their local innovations? To answer these questions, UNICEF has established the Data Must Speak (DMS) Positive Deviance Research programme, which is currently active in 13 countries.
Ability to empathize, relax and discern patterns among critical skills for children’s learning and development – new report says
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Ability to empathize, relax and discern patterns among critical skills for children’s learning and development – new report says

FLORENCE, 9 December 2021 – Empathizing, relaxing and discerning patterns are among nine core capacities essential to children’s success in school, future work and life, according to new report launched today by UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, the Learning for Well-being Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute.
Learning Losses from COVID-19 Could Cost this Generation of Students Close to $17 Trillion in Lifetime Earnings
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Learning Losses from COVID-19 Could Cost this Generation of Students Close to $17 Trillion in Lifetime Earnings

(6 December 2021) The global disruption to education caused by the COVD-19 pandemic is without parallel and the effects on learning are severe. The crisis brought education systems across the world to a halt, with school closures affecting more than 1.6 billion learners. While nearly every country in the world offered remote learning opportunities for students, the quality and reach of such initiatives varied greatly and were at best partial substitutes for in-person learning. Now, 21 months later, schools remain closed for millions of children and youth, and millions more are at risk of never returning to education. Evidence of the detrimental impacts of school closures on children’s learning offer a harrowing reality: learning losses are substantial, with the most marginalized children and youth often disproportionately affected. The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery charts a path out of the global education crisis and towards building more effective, equitable and resilient education systems.
Celebrating outstanding UNICEF research from across the globe
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Celebrating outstanding UNICEF research from across the globe

(7 December 2021) With social and economic inequalities increasing and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals lagging in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, rigorous research has never mattered more. To underscore the value of high quality research, UNICEF Innocenti showcases the most rigorous, innovative and impactful research produced by UNICEF offices worldwide every year in Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR). Now in its ninth edition, BOUR 2021 features 11 research reports covering a wide range of priorities for children and young people—from child marriage in humanitarian settings in South-East Asia, to HIV viral load suppression in Eastern and Southern Africa, to perceptions of poverty in Ghana.
UNICEF Innocenti Loggia 'goes blue' to celebrate World Children's Day 2021
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UNICEF Innocenti Loggia 'goes blue' to celebrate World Children's Day 2021

(20 November 2021 - Florence) The loggia of UNICEF Innocenti joined the world’s most iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Petra, the bridge at Victoria Falls, and Chichen Itza, in 'going blue' to mark World Children’s Day.
The Learning Passport is one of TIME's 100 best inventions of 2021
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The Learning Passport is one of TIME's 100 best inventions of 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic saw students around the world struggle as schools shut down and home school was hindered by slow or—in many places—nonexistent Internet service. The Learning Passport’s solution: give students app- or browser-based classes that do not require a consistent web connection. Instead, students access the platform when they can, downloading their lessons to complete later, offline. Developed jointly by UNICEF and Microsoft, the Learning Passport allows educators to upload local curricula—meaning it works across multiple languages, subjects and age groups. First deployed in Timor-Leste in 2020, the Learning Passport now has some 1.6 million users in 13 countries.