The recently published UNICEF 2016 annual report confirms it has made an important impact over the years – particularly when measured by the gains of the past three decades in areas such as child survival, primary education enrollment and access to safe water. Seen in this report, UNICEF continued to call for increased data, awareness and dialogue to improve education opportunities for children with disabilities. For example, in Egypt, UNICEF supported the enrollment of 1,326 children with disabilities into 120 mainstream public schools and equipped those schools with inclusive learning resource rooms. In Serbia, parents of students with disabilities in 17 educational facilities received peer support and mentoring by teachers on individual education planning.
UNICEF continues to use cost-effective strategies to ensure that every dollar goes towards services for children. As an organization entirely reliant on voluntary contributions, UNICEF depends on governments, NGOs and the private sector to make its work possible. Most importantly, UNICEF engages and empowers young people to have a voice in decisions that affect them. In 2016, the world’s children and adolescents needed that support as much as ever – and UNICEF was there, 70 years on, still working to achieve results for every child.