UNICEF has been the International Development Partner of Beyond Sport since 2009, working with us to raise the profile of critical issues like girls education and safeguarding children in sport by running workshops at our annual summits.
The UNICEF Sport for Education Award is one of five Beyond Sport Community Awards and celebrates projects that are using sport to increase access to and quality of education around the world. It has been won by innovative organisations such as Colombianitos and Move 4 New Horizons.
In 2012, a group of organisations working in sport, child protection and international development came together at the Beyond Sport Summit to explore how to make sport safer for children around the world - find out more about this here. The International Safeguarding Children in Sport Working Group is now working together with 72 organisations from around the world to ensure that sport fulfills its duty to safeguard children taking part, and also provides a significant opportunity for children can understand their rights and become safer in their lives outside sport.
UNICEF believes that sport has the power to change children’s lives and we're working to ensure that every child has the right to play. Whether working with UNICEF Country offices to develop programmes using sport as a tool for upholding and delivering children’s rights or through partnerships with major events such as the Commonwealth Games 2014, UNICEF also uses sport as a tool to shine a spotlight on the issue of children’s rights and to help raise valuable funds for our work with children.