UNESCO and the Ricky Martin Foundation working together to protect children from exploitation and abuseUNESCO and the Ricky Martin Foundation, which defends the well-being of children around the world in areas such as social justice, education and health, have joined forces on a global initiative aimed at safeguarding children against exploitation and abuse.
In the framework of the UNESCO Programme “Education of Children in Need” –which implements 20 to 50 field projects each year, financed exclusively by private donations- this initiative aims at helping children suffering from trauma to regain their dignity and autonomy by providing the ways and tools to basic services and rights such as education, health, housing, care and leisure.
The first step will be to strengthen the “Navega Protegido Campaign”, launched by the Ricky Martin Foundation and Microsoft to promote child safety online and secure children from dangers such as child pornography, sex predators and identity theft. Educational material regarding hazards in cyberspace will be distributed to children and teachers of the UNESCO network of Associated Schools in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A specific project will also be developed for Puerto Rico, the birthplace of the singer after whom the Foundation is named. Entitled “Crearte”, and financed by the Foundation, this project will use artistic education as a rehabilitation tool. “Crearte” addresses the same issues as a similar UNESCO project, which has been operating successfully in Brazil since 2000.
A Memorandum of Understanding committing the two partners to joint projects promoting human rights, poverty reduction and the social inclusion of children, was signed on Thursday 5 May, in Paris.