World Childrens’ Day 2022
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2022, UNICEF urges equality and inclusion for every child. Across the world, we are increasingly seeing children assume prominent positions in the fight for social justice, environmental conservation, and human rights. Including them in important conversations and allowing them to have a voice greatly improves their safety, well-being and quality of life. Equality gives every child access to opportunity and enables them to reach their full potential. With increased education, and proper support, children can design the lives they choose.
TeachAids recognises the transformative nature of education, particularly pertaining to health. We set out to optimize learning and accessibility so that young people everywhere can prevent and protect themselves against disease and injury. Plenty of research exists within health and policy circles. But for many young people around the world, this life-saving information is either out of reach or confusing to parse and understand. Technical jargon, mind-boggling statistics, complex medical infographics and social customs present challenges for the delivery of basic health education.
TeachAids believes in empowering children through relevant, timely and accessible education. Our breakthrough product, Prevention Begins With Me, has a global youth viewership of over hundreds of millions across 82 countries. This curriculum has served to challenge cultural taboos, counter myths, and reduce the stigma surrounding HIV. We also developed the free, interactive CoviDB for Kids, which is a compilation of trusted, expert information on COVID-19. With the help of young people, we designed this resource for parents and children to navigate challenges during the pandemic, intentionally making it interesting, easily understandable and accessible through online education. Topics range from social distancing and COVID-appropriate behavior, to mental health and much more. Our commitment to creating inclusive health content began with the heart-wrenching story of children’s expulsion from schools because they were HIV positive. And this commitment has never wavered. Our vision has always been to design equitable curricula, resources and tools so that children everywhere have awareness and can exercise agency when it comes to health. The economic benefits of investing in child health are evident – it creates a ripple effect on the productivity and well-being of future generations.