Global Youth and Education

Special Olympics believes that in order to create lasting attitudinal change across the world, the focus must begin on today’s youth. As part of a concerted strategy to ensure the movement reaches as many young people as possible, in all demographic settings, Special Olympics has built model including, Unified Schools, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement.
Over the last three years, the Play Unified: Learn Unified initiative has helped create nearly 2,000 new Unified Schools in 14 Programs, driving inclusion for youth with and without intellectual disabilities around the world.
Special Olympics partnered with Global Youth Mobilization at their first-ever Global Youth Summit where Youth Leaders from Special Olympics Latin America hosted a session on education for children with intellectual disabilities.
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Unified physical education classes aid policy efforts to serve as catalyst for truly inclusive schools in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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Special Olympics Montenegro’s innovative Unified Club Naša škola Ekonomska was awarded the Champion of Solidarity Award by the Municipality of Nikšić on 8 March 2021.
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The Play Unified: Learn Unified project in Morocco is driving inclusive education policy.
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In February 2021, Youth Leaders in Egypt planned and participated in the country's first ever Unified Fitness Challenge.
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In a remote town in Haryana, Bharat, Unified Schools and Sports are helping youth with and without disabilities find confidence and acceptance.
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A special education school principal from China reflects on the positive impact that Unified Sports has had on local students with and without disabilities.
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Special Olympics Tanzania leverages partnerships with sport federations and the Tanzania Scout Association to engage millions of youth in inclusive sport and education.
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Learn to Lead with the #UnifiedGeneration
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