2023: Year in Review
Highlights of UNICEF's work for children in China
In 2023, China emerged from COVID-19 restrictions. Children returned full time in person to school and UNICEF and partners travelled across the country to implement programmes for children, advocate for their rights and tell their stories. Here are 12 highlights from the year, which demonstrate UNICEF’s impact for children in China and around the world. As we move into 2024, we remain committed to protecting and fulfilling children’s rights.
January: Climate-Resilient Sanitation
In remote areas affected by extreme weather, children need climate-resilient, gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive sanitation. In early 2023, UNICEF and partners installed innovative toilets in remote areas of Qinghai, a mountainous province in western China.
These climate-smart toilets are equipped with water saving technology, solar heating and waste-to-fertilizer systems. Another pilot demonstrated how unsanitary dry toilets can be upgraded to climate-smart facilities that are warm in winter, safe for children, and accessible for children with disabilities. Read full story...
May: Child Protection Systems
Children have the right to be protected against violence, exploitation and abuse. In 2023, UNICEF and the Government of China piloted integrated child protection systems in four provinces: Jiangxi, Guangxi, Ningxia and Shandong. This model brings together different services to ensure that cases of violence and children at risk of family separation can be identified and referred to appropriate social services.
UNICEF also continued to build the capacity of frontline workers, including through a training workshop in May, to deliver preventive services, such as positive parenting and play-based psychosocial activities. This reached over 95,000 children in need of protection. Watch a video…
June: Positive Parenting Campaign
Positive parenting is essential for creating a child-friendly home environment so that children can thrive and reach their potential. For Parenting Month in June, UNICEF and partners launched the ‘Light Every Moment of Childhood’ campaign, to provide parents with practical parenting tips to help them build positive relationships with their children.
As part of the campaign, UNICEF and partners held an online and offline art installation exhibition called ‘A Moment of Childhood Memory Affects a Lifetime’, which invited participants to reflect on the negative effects of violence against children in three settings: at home, at school, and online. Find out more…
August: Inspiring Girls in Science
Every female scientist was once a girl, and every girl has the potential to be a science champion. To inspire girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning, UNICEF and partners organized the ‘Championing Her Future’ summer camp for girls from rural areas in Beijing.
This provided an opportunity for girls to experience cutting-edge science and technology through science classes, project work and visits to science laboratories and high-tech companies. The girls also received mentoring support from Peking University students. Watch a video...
August: Early Childhood Development
Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape a child’s future. For children to achieve their full potential, they need health care and nutrition, protection from harm, early learning, and responsive caregiving. In China, UNICEF and partners are working to improve the quality and delivery of early childhood development (ECD) services in 30 provinces.
The focus is on building the capacity of community health service providers and health systems, including through targeted parenting counselling, care group activities and home visits. In August, UNICEF and partners visited Sanshui County, one of project counties in Guizhou Province, to see the results for children and family benefitting from this programme.