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Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Education

New York, Tuesday 20 September - Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Education. Serena Williams will use her popularity to promote UNICEF's Schools for Africa programme and the upcoming Schools for Asia initiatives.

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IKEA Foundation

Since 2009, IKEA Foundation has supported Schools for Africa through the Annual Soft Toys for Education Campaign which has made it possible to give a gift that gives back. IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro for every soft toy and children's book sold in IKEA stores worldwide during the holidays to support UNICEF and Save the Children projects that help realize every child's right to a quality education. Funds raised for UNICEF support the Schools for Africa initiative in: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, and South Africa.

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Gucci's Commitment to UNICEF's 'Schools for Africa' Initiative

In 2013, as the partnership with UNICEF enters its eighth year, Gucci continues to support UNICEF’s ‘Schools for Africa’ initiative through their annual bag, the Boston Bag, the GG Flag collection, as well as the children’s collection because Gucci firmly believes that an education is a gift forever. Inspired by a true sense of commitment to the world’s children, and in the spirit of the company’s ‘Forever Now’ philosophy.

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Sharing UNICEF’s belief that all children should be given access to quality education, early 2013 Montblanc has introduced the “Signature for Good” Collection in support of UNICEF and School for Africa. Cultural commitment and helping others has always been an integral part of Montblanc’s philosophy. The special edition of writing instruments and accessories all feature a unique brick design symbolizing School for Africa and the joint effort of building a better future for all children and their communities by improving access to quality education. Funds raised for UNICEF will support the Schools for Africa initiative in Ethiopia and other selected countries.

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts

The Check Out for Children partnership between Starwood and UNICEF has demonstrated a commitment to a huge range of children’s rights since its launch in 1995. Today, the partnerships is focusing on helping the most disadvantaged children in the communities Starwood operates in to help them access quality education and get a better start in life. With the support of its guests and associates, Starwood is creating opportunities for thousands of children by supporting education projects such as ‘Schools for Africa.’

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Schools for Africa partners sign new agreement for better education

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Watch former South African President Nelson Mandela’s new public service announcement in support of the ‘Schools for Africa’ campaign (16 May 2008).

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Nelson Mandela Institute launches

The official launch of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development (NMI) took place on 3 August in East London, South Africa. The Institute is a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the University of Fort Hare and the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Education. The NMI will take forward the work and the vision of Nelson Mandela in the area of education and rural development. Together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, NMI will work with UNICEF in the context of the Schools for Africa campaign. The key note speaker was Mrs. Graca Machel, the wife of Mr. Nelson Mandela, and the guest of honour was Mr. Harry Belafonte, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

"The establishment of the Nelson mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development is the realization of a long dream for me. To create a just world we should not underestimate the power of education. It is an area in which I believe we have not done nearly enough.

Too many children in Africa are denied schooling. When they do attend school, it is often at schools that do not stimulate them and bring out their full potential. Too many children in Mvezo and in many far-off rural areas in our country do not become confident readers and writers; indeed, they are denied the creativity that in turn denies the world the boldness of their ideas.

There can be no contentment for us when there are children, millions of children, who do not receive an education that provides them with dignity and honour and allows them to live their lives to the full.

It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education."

Nelson Mandela

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