Safe return to classrooms
To promote the return to the classroom, the UN and the Ministry of Popular Power for Education (MPPE, for its acronym in Spanish) worked on strengthening areas such as curriculum development, teacher training, and providing psychosocial assistance at the national and local levels. Comprehensive sexuality education and protection and trafficking programs were also offered, aimed at adolescents to prevent early pregnancies, the transmission of HIV/AIDS-STDs, and sexual and gender-based violence.
In addition to technical assistance, the direct support of the UN and its partners focused on the provision of educational supplies to schools in vulnerable areas, the rehabilitation of water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructures, the promotion of educational management in emergencies, the improvement and rehabilitation of educational spaces, and the provision of school meals. All these actions have contributed to guaranteeing the safe return of children and adolescents to school.
Together for the education of the future
In the second half of 2022, a national consultation process was held to build a shared vision among all the actors regarding SDG 4 of the 2030 Agenda and the educational transformation.
Nearly 173,000 people participated in this extensive survey to determine the population’s opinion on the country’s educational priorities. With the information obtained, national priorities were established to achieve SDG 4. Venezuela’s participation in the Transforming Education Summit (TES) was prepared at the UN General Assembly in September 2022.
This process was possible thanks to the support provided to the MPPE by the UN TES team in Venezuela, which was convened by the Resident Coordinator and led by UNICEF with the UNESCO Office in Quito and the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO).
“I wake up early all the time. I come here and always meet with the teacher. A cousin or my mom takes me here. We come walking. It takes half an hour,” says Estefany.
In addition to supporting the access and permanence of children and adolescents from the Barrio 12 de Octubre to education, UNICEF provides comprehensive child protection services, including birth registration, psychosocial support, and nutritional care services. Thus, the school also works as an excellent case identifier to link other contributions that guarantee children’s rights.
During the first quarter of 2022, UNICEF has distributed school kits to more than 24,000 children and adolescents in the Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Apure, Bolívar, the Capital District, Falcón, Sucre, Táchira, and Zulia states.