The partnership underlines ES’ shared belief that entrepreneurial thinking is critical to understanding and addressing the needs of disadvantaged people across the globe. As part of the collaboration, US and Unicef will host a ‘Hackathon’ to explore new ideas and solutions.
Additionally, ES members will be invited to participate in an emergency simulation exercise to gain an insight into how Unicef responds to humanitarian disasters.
Cathy Craig, commercial and memberships director with ES, commented: “Unicef UK has expertise in developing entrepreneurship skills to empower young people around the world to drive social change. We share their passion for entrepreneurship and we look forward to using our network to spread the word and learn more about their approach.
“I am sure we have much to learn from them as they tackle a range of educational, environmental and social issues affecting children and young people around the world.”
Every day, 15,000 children under the age of five die from preventable causes, according to Unicef UK statistics. More than 50 million displaced children are on the move worldwide today – a significant challenge that the charity says requires innovative and ambitious ideas.
Initiatives led by the charity include the development of drone technology in Malawi to deliver medical supplies to remote rural areas; which helps diagnose and treat sick children more efficiently.
Unicef’s Upshift Programme provides mentoring and funding to support young social entrepreneurs, helps develop skills and create career opportunities.
The charity’s Office of Innovation also works alongside governments and the private sector to support countries around the world to utilise technology to address child poverty and rights issues.
Lucinda Rivers, head of Unicef UK in Scotland, added: “There are approximately 264 million children and young people around the world who are missing out on formal education. With quality education and skills, these children and young people can help transform economies and nations.
“A fast-changing global economy demands increasingly specialised skills at a time when many education systems struggling. Therefore, an entrepreneurial mindset is vital.”