Programme for the Education of Children in Need

Young girl in Timor-Leste © UN Photo / M. Perret

Young girl in Timor-Leste © UN Photo / M. Perret

UNESCO created the Programme for the Education of Children in Need in 1992 to offer a future to vulnerable children through education. Since its creation, over US$40 million has been raised in private funds and these have been fully and directly invested into immediate support for over 400 projects in 97 countries worldwide.

Economic interdependence, fast travel, tourism and high-tech communications might appear to have turned our world into a global village, yet millions of children in developing countries continue to die and suffer from disease, abuse and neglect. Many are left to fend for themselves on city streets. Others are forcibly enrolled into armies, made to work for pitiable wages or sold into sexual slavery. Wherever they are, whoever they are, exposed to violence and exploitation, abandoned or without food and shelter, education remains one of the few routes left to address their intolerable and desperate plight.

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