For over 60 years, children in the United States and Canada have celebrated Halloween by “Trick or Treating for UNICEF” and now, Australian kids have the chance to join the fun.
Halloween has always been an exciting chance for children to dress up and imagine themselves as their favourite character for a day. This year, children who “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” can become real life superheroes by helping other kids realise their right to go to school.
The campaign supports the School for Asia program, a global initiative to improve access to education and quality of learning for disadvantaged children across Asia and the Pacific. Of the 67 million children out of school worldwide, a massive 26 million live in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Schools for Asia program gives children the best start in life by:
- equipping classrooms with quality teaching and learning materials;
- ensuring school facilities are safe and clean;
- providing curricula with life skills education focusing on health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation; and
- training teachers to give children a rich and empowering education.
Only then will children be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape a better future for themselves, their communities and the world. The program makes a profound and lasting impact for students in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Five-year-old Rita holds her slate to display her drawing during a class in a pre-school supported by UNICEF in Bangladesh. © UNICEF/BANA2015-00008/Kiron
Participating schools in Australia can inspire their students with the importance of education and teachers are given engaging class activities such as colouring-in and mask making. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero and to take home a money collection box to gather donations at home.