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NAHT and UNICEF UK have maintained an effective working relationship for many years. Until 2010 this included direct partnership with VSO and the Department for Children, Schools and Families to deliver international leadership programme placements for school leadership to work in exchange programmes in Africa.

NAHT continues to support UNICEF and attends the annual general meeting, chaired by Lord Ashdown.

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN convention on the rights of the child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.

Every day these rights are denied. Millions of children are dying from preventable diseases. Millions more don’t go to school, or have food, shelter and clean water. Children are subjected to violence, abuse and discrimination, and go unheard. This is wrong.

UNICEF works with families, communities and governments in more than 190 countries to put it right. We protect and promote the rights of all children to an educationto be healthy, childhood, to and to be heard. UNICEF has more than 60 years' experience working for children. They are the only organisation specifically named in the convention on the rights of the child as a source of expert assistance and advice.

Their staff and partners on the ground distribute lifesaving supplies such as water kits and mosquito nets, and provide support and training for parents, professionals and community volunteers. They create opportunities for young people to participate and make their voices heard. They use our influence at the highest levels of government to ensure that laws and policies work in the best interests of children.

Today, more children than ever before are immunised against killer diseases and growing numbers are enrolled in school. However, we must do more to reach the most remote and marginalised to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.

Fulfilling the rights of every child means ensuring that neither HIV and AIDS, global recession, nor the growing threat of climate change reverse the progress we have already made for children.

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