UNICEF: An Introduction

UNICEF was founded in 1946 to help children in the aftermath of World War II. Now operating in more than 190 countries, it has saved more children than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF advocates for the protection of children’s rights and provides services to help meet their basic needs. Get started by accessing the What's Your ZERO lessons below! And learn how you can get a free poster too!

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Units & Lesson Plans

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9-12
I Believe in ZERO (Teacher's Guide)
Guide to use in conjunction with readings from I Believe in ZERO, by Caryl M. Stern, and her firsthand, human stories of hope, resilience, determination, and family.
9-12
I Believe in ZERO (Teacher's Guide)
This guide encourages dialogue and reflection on the impact of issues and current trends related to infant mortality, vaccination programs, emergency relief efforts, and child protection methods as reported by UNICEF.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
"I Believe in ZERO" Adult Discussion Guide
Book group discussion guide to accompany "I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World's Children" by Caryl Stern, CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF
9-12
"I Believe in ZERO" Teacher's Guide
Teacher's guide with four lessons to accompany "I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World's Children" by Caryl Stern, CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF
6-8, 9-12
I Believe in Zero Chapters 3 - 4
Chapters 3 and 4 from Caryl Stern's new book, I Believe in Zero.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction (accompanying notes)
These notes provide additional information and complement the UNICEF: An Introduction presentation.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction (presentation)
This presentation provides information on UNICEF's mission and history, as well as background information on UNICEF's core program areas: health, education, water/sanitation/hygiene, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, child protection, social inclusion, and...
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: Una Introducción
Estos recursos, en español, introducen a los estudiantes a la labor de UNICEF.
9-12
UNICEF: Una Introducción (notas)
Estas notas, en español, acompañan a la "introducción a la UNICEF" presentación.
3-5
What’s Your ZERO: Lesson Plan
In this lesson students learn about the work of UNICEF and create action plans to address problems they would like to see eliminated on a global level.
6-8, 9-12
What’s Your ZERO: Lesson Plan
In this lesson students learn about the work of UNICEF and create action plans to address problems they would like to see eliminated on a global level.
3-5
¿Cuál es su cero? (3-6)
Estos recursos, en español para los grados 3-6, permite a los estudiantes aprender sobre el trabajo de UNICEF, e identificar los problemas que les gustaría tomar acciones para eliminar en su comunidad, nación, o en un nivel global.
6-8, 9-12
¿Cuál es su cero? (7-12)
this resources, in spanish for grades 7-12, allows students to learn about the work of UNICEF, and identify problems that they would like to take action to eliminate in their community, nation, or on a global level.
Activities

activities

6-8
Activity Sheet - UNICEF: An Introduction
This activity sheet provides background information on UNICEF's history and mission.
Articles

articles

6-8, 9-12
10 Ways to Support UNICEF
Now that your students have learned about UNICEF, help them take action on behalf of the world's children.
PK2, 3-5
4 Fun Ways to Help UNICEF
Now that your students have learned about UNICEF's work, help them take action to support the world's children.
3-5, 6-8
Resources By and About UNICEF
These books and other resources can provide your students with further information about the work of UNICEF and other global humanitarian organizations.
Video

video

6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction - 1960-1979
UNICEF promotes the 1960s as the "decade of development" to move beyond humanitarian emergencies and to provide basic health, nutrition and other services to all children.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction - 1990-1999
In the 1990s UNICEF's work supported the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely-ratified piece of human rights legislation in history.
6-8, 9-12
Overview: Convention on the Rights of the Child
Learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most-ratified treaty in the entire world, which codifies into law, basic standards in health, education, protection and social services for
6-8, 9-12
Pour Chaque Enfant
Les enfants sont nés avec des droits fondamentaux de l'homme - mission de l'UNICEF est de réaliser ces droits pour chaque enfant.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
TeachUNICEF: Promoting Global Citizenship
TeachUNICEF educational tools aim to support well-informed global citizens who understand interconnectedness, respect and value diversity, have the ability to challenge injustice and inequities and take action in personally meaningful ways.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction - 1980-1989
UNICEF promotes the child survival revolution in the 1980s, to combat the 15 million annual preventable child deaths.
6-8, 9-12
Whatever It Takes To Save a Child
Learn about the ways in which UNICEF responds to humanitarian crises.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF: An Introduction - 2000-2006
Learn about how UNICEF adapted in the new millennium to meet global development challenges.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Records Major Successes in 2011
This video summarizes the year 2011 and the many achievements that UNICEF undertook around the world. The world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant; under-five mortality dropped to its lowest rate in history - 7.6 million; Ghana became the 21st...
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Year in Review 2013
Throughout a challenging year, UNICEF’s people, programs, and partners have been tirelessly reaching out to improve the lives of children. © UNICEF video

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