UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) announced a new global education mascot “Uni” on Tuesday. The body has appointed Uni as its ambassador for learning and symbolizes the right of every child to access a quality education.
The mascot aims to give hope for a good education to nearly seventy percent of children in low- and middle-income countries who cannot read or understand a simple story. Uni looks forward to drawing attention to the current state of education and inspiring urgent transformation.
UNICEF hopes the mascot will contribute to much-needed reform of school systems worldwide ahead of next week’s United Nations Transforming Education Summit.
Uni is made from comforting foam and bright blue felt and is packaged in a 1.8m long ‘backpack’, which represents UNICEF’s iconic blue backpacks given to 1.3 million schoolchildren last year alone. Uni was designed in-house by UNICEF. The UN body has also created a lifelike version of the mascot.
“Uni embodies our commitment that every child has the right to go to school and learn,” Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Global Director of Communication and Advocacy, said in a statement. “Every child has the right not only to attend school, but to learn in school and acquire the basic skills that will one day be the foundation for higher learning and higher income levels.”
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