Barça and Unicef: education, sport and play for 425,000 children around the world
A HISTORIC AGREEMENT
Barça Foundation and UNICEF: more than a decade working together
The alliance between Barça and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, dates back to the historic signing of an agreement between the two institutions in 2006, the start of an innovative program that has been consolidated throughout all these years.
In addition to the gesture of the UNICEF logo appearing on the Barça shirt, the collaboration also involved an annual donation of 1.5 million euros to the organisation's projects for children, and a commitment to adhere to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. It was through this collaboration that FC Barcelona decided to allocate 0.7% of its ordinary income to the Foundation.
Currently, this collaboration supports projects for access to education in Ghana, Brazil, South Africa and China. The two parties also work together to promote sport for development in order to improve the impact of sport in the fight against inequalities.
SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT (S4D)
Promoting sport as a means to improve children's well-being
One of the most important joint projects with UNICEF is the work to research the impact of sport for development (S4D) on the lives of children and young people. The 'Getting into the Game' study was able to show that sport is a formidable vehicle for improving academic grades and developing children's skills.
These qualities contribute to overall well-being and broaden children's future prospects, according to research conducted in 100 countries around the world, and which examined more than 300 programs in the field of sport for development. The project now plans to test the recommendations that came out of this study in both UNICEF projects funded by the Barça Foundation in Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa, as well as other projects in countries affected by conflict or natural disasters.
Programs in different countries to protect children
The partnership between UNICEF and the Foundation has involved support for programs in China, Ghana, South Africa and Brazil. In China, the aim is to improve the training of physical education teachers and develop resources for the training of rural school teachers.
In Brazil, the protection of children and young people is promoted through sport and communication. The activities are aimed at children with disabilities and those marginalized from the education system. In South Africa, physical education was reinforced as a school subject and used as a means to reduce violence and improve academic results. In Ghana, the program uses sport to promote access to education and improve the social skills of children in deprived environments.