We all know that UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to end global malnutrition and save lives, one step at a time. However, did you know that there’s a way for schools to get onboard for the life-saving journey and equip teachers with tools that will help nurture the next generation of global citizens? The UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program provides educators of grades 3-8, who are eligible, with an opportunity to receive a Kid Power classroom kit and participate in the program for free. In addition to bands for every student and a tablet to track progress, educators receive a wide range of resources to incorporate into everyday lessons, both in and out of the classroom. Through hands-on learning experiences, kids go on Missions that help them learn what it means to be global citizens and realize that their everyday activity can save lives.
Throughout the spring activation, UNICEF Kid Power supporters get a peek into the program by visiting participating classrooms. During these visits, supporters have an opportunity to join in the Kid Power activities and see, up close and personal, how the program is making an impact on the lives of kids, both at home and abroad.
During the 2017 program, Star Wars: Force for Change team members visited an elementary school in Los Angeles to see Coach Gerard and the Monte Vista Falcons, get active to save lives. Watching this group of 3rd graders sing and dance to Kye Kye Kule, a game from west Africa featured in the UNICEF Kid Power educational resources, helped show just how fun and exciting the program can be. In 3 short months, the 28 members of the Monte Vista Falcons, together, earned 399 therapeutic food packets for children in other countries suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
This past spring, over 170,000 students in 49 states participated in the UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program. Their physical activity unlocked 1.8 million Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) packets, which saved the lives of over 12,000 severely malnourished children worldwide. One Kid Power teacher explained, “Seeing the pride beaming on my students’ faces was enough to bring me to tears. They were so delighted to know they were helping to make a difference in another child’s life.” If any educators are interested in being a part of the 2018 UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program, learn more at https://schools.unicefkidpower.org/.