Who We Are
UNICEF is the leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child.
Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to establish children’s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.
UNICEF works with the Government and other partners to contribute to the progressive realization of children and women’s rights, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Particular emphasis is placed on increasing the impact of programmes and policies on children living in the hinterland areas of Guyana.
What We Do
UNICEF Guyana is working to reduce and prevent childhood illnesses, mother to child transmission of HIV, and to ensure adequate nutrition, protection and development in early childhood, so that children can have the best possible start in life.
UNICEF Guyana advocates for increased efforts to prevent and reduce violence against children, including abolishing corporal punishment and promoting positive discipline as an alternative, addressing the issue of children in contact with the law through strong prevention and response programmes, supporting the best interests of children in the area of alternative care, ensuring the every child is visible through advocacy on birth registration, and building capacity to ensure appropriate treatment and response to victims of abuse.
Learning and Development
UNICEF is committed to securing safe, rights-based, quality education for each and every child, irrespective of his or her circumstances, so that girls and boys can achieve their full potential.
In Guyana, some key areas of emphasis are early childhood development, and child friendly schooling, including advocacy for “First Language” Education in the hinterland. This is to facilitate on-time enrolment, active participation, smooth transitions and successful completion of schooling. UNICEF is committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to benefit from a good quality education, from early childhood through adolescence and beyond, and to breaking down social barriers to ensure inclusive education for all children, including children with disabilities.
Adolescent Development & Participation
UNICEF Guyana has contributed to the development of a comprehensive national youth policy, and works with partners to ensure that adolescents can actively participate in shaping decisions that affect them and their communities as they grow into adulthood.
UNICEF Guyana is working to build responsible and resilient future generations by supporting the infusion of climate change into the schools curricula from the nursery level onward, and promoting youth participation in Disaster Risk Management through support to the CDC Volunteer Corps. We are also working to address specific challenges to improve water and sanitation (WASH) facilities, with special focus on young children and girls in the hinterland and rural areas.