Barça Foundation supports Unicef with the Covid-19 emergency in Brazil
The Barça Foundation and UNICEF have been working together in Brazil for years on access to education and social inclusion for girls and boys through the use of sport.
Launch of children’s education and mental health campaigns
Covid-19 is not only a health emergency, but also a socio-economic and educational one in which children are one of the most affected groups. That is why the Barça Foundation is responding to UNICEF’s emergency call and will support projects being run by the organisation in Brazil to address the serious situation faced by children in the country as a result of the pandemic and prevent the coronavirus from making the long-term situation of vulnerability even worse.
The Barça Foundation has donated 120,000 euros to UNICEF’s work in Brazil, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic and where drop-out rates could increase following the closure of schools.
A national communication campaign will be launched to encourage children to return to their classrooms, while support will be given to the whole school community (public managers, principals, communities and pupils) to reappraise the way that the school system is run.
Also, in order to address the mental health of children once schools reopen, tools, materials and support will be made available to the education community so as to detect and assist any children who require psychological help.
UNICEF and the Barça Foundation have been working together in Brazil since 2011 on projects focused on access to education and the use of sport as a tool for the social inclusion of children.
The two organisations have been partners since 2006. Their alliance has enabled more than two million children from more than seven countries to access sports, play and child protection programs.
In 2016, the partnership was extended to 2020 and the Barça Foundation increased its annual donation from 1.5 million euros to 2 million. This money has been used to support a number of UNICEF projects to tackle the biggest emergencies affecting children, such as the current one being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil.
In 2018, as part of the partnership, a research report was published titled Getting into the Game: Understanding the evidence for child-focused sport for development. The document, which analyses 300 sports and games programs in 100 countries, notes that only 1 in 500 children in the world have access to such programs.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus health crisis, the Barça Foundation has been setting up a series of actions and initiatives to help alleviate the effects of the pandemic. These have ranged from the management and distribution of more than 500,000 medical protection items (masks, PPE, goggles, etc.) to awareness campaigns to prevent transmission and actions to prevent cyberbullying. Another of the ideas has been the transfer of the title rights to the Camp Nou to the Foundation in order to raise funds that will be used for research projects and social and health programs. More information at:
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Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, UNICEF has been working around the world to protect, defend and promote the rights of children and their families. In response to the pandemic, UNICEF Spain has carried out numerous actions in Spain on advocacy, awareness, communication and fundraising, as well as working directly with the most vulnerable groups and sending health supplies.
UNICEF Spain has launched a fundraising campaign to support the fight against coronavirus. Anyone interested in helping can do so through the following channels:
On the web www.unicef.es
Via the form at www.unicef.es/donacion-emergencia-coronavirus
By calling free-phone 900 907 500 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm). Companies should write to firstname.lastname@example.org