The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) unveiled a brand-new mascot for global education. The mascot, Uni, which stands for every child’s right to a quality education, will serve as an ambassador for education.
The introduction of the new mascot, according to UNICEF, aims to emphasise the value of high-quality education and call attention to the world’s learning crisis. Uni, a blue bag, stands for the optimism that children and their community experience as a result of having access to high-quality education.
A simple written story cannot be read and understood by over 70% of children in low- and middle-income nations. According to the organisation, Uni is designed to highlight the existing state of education and motivate activities to help improve it.
The Uni mascot, which was created internally by the organisation, has also been produced in life-size by UNICEF. The mascot is six feet tall and covered in a full-body backpack made of bright blue felt and comforting foam. The backpack is similar to the 1.3 million schoolchildren who received the iconic blue UNICEF backpacks last year.
“Uni embodies our aspiration that every child has the right to go to school and learn. Every child has a right not only to be in school but to learn in school, acquiring the basic skills that are the foundation for higher learning and higher income levels someday,” according to Paloma Escudero, UNICEF’s global director of communication and advocacy.
The Transforming Education Summit will be held in New York on September 16, 17, and 19. UNICEF anticipates that the Uni mascot will contribute to global educational system change.
In particular, the crisis of inclusion, equity, quality, and relevance in education is being highlighted by the summit. The future of children and youth around the world is being affected by the issue, which the UN says is sometimes slow-moving and unnoticed.