Motor racing's Formula 1 (F1) series has announced a three-year partnership with humanitarian aid organization UNICEF.
Under the partnership, F1 will support UNICEF’s projects aimed at helping vulnerable children access quality education, and bolster the agency’s response to protect children in emergencies.
A priority of the partnership will be to improve digital access worldwide through the expansion of UNICEF’s Learning Passport, a portable digital platform that enables children to learn online and offline.
The scheme is currently operational in 26 countries, but F1’s support will help expand the program to an additional 19 countries while enabling the launch of an offline version for children in Mexico and Brazil.
F1 will also support UNICEF’s emergency response efforts by donating to their Emergency Fund.
F1 President and chief executive Stefano Domenicali said: “In a sport where research, technology and innovation play a vital role in a driver and team’s success, education is at the core of F1.
"The partnership with UNICEF will enable us to effectively use our sport’s global platform to help bridge the educational divide experienced by the world’s most vulnerable children.
"Every child has a right to a quality education and to be protected during emergencies. We are proud that we can play a role in ensuring the most vulnerable children are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals.”
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), added: "With F1, we are starting a new partnership that will help ensure that more children have access to quality learning and the skills training they need to succeed in school, work and life.
“At UNICEF, we believe that sports play a unique role in bringing people together, helping us to address the biggest issues affecting children, including those caught up in humanitarian emergencies."
UNICEF also has a partnership with the International Cricket Council governing body, announcing a deal last year that features gender equity initiatives and advocacy campaigns involving well-known players as the basis of the alliance.