Cover image: © UNICEF Nepal/2016/CSKarki 

About the course

This course contributes to building your capacity to design and implement programmes with and for adolescents applying the organizational commitments made to adolescent girls and boys. The course provides you with learning on implementation strategies, delivery platforms, partnership and organizational arrangements needed to achieve sectoral and cross-sectoral results for adolescents in the context of different regions and countries. The course is based on UNICEF’s Programme Guidance for the Second Decade: Programming with and for adolescents.

Learning objectives

The overarching learning objective for this resource is to have a well-informed UNICEF staff (and partners) on the organizational priorities and programmatic approaches to delivering results with and for adolescents.  

Upon completion of the e-learning, users will be able to:

  • Describe UNICEF’s vision and approach to programming with and for adolescents across the four programming areas: health and wellbeing, learning and skills, safety and protection, and civic engagement and participation in development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Explain the organisational programming principles for working with and for adolescents.
  • Identify evidence-based implementation strategies, delivery platforms, and partnerships needed to achieve sectoral and cross-sectoral results for adolescents. 
  • Utilise the Strategic Framework for the Second Decade to support contextualisation and design of country and region-specific programmes for adolescents. 


  • UNICEF staff (country offices, regional offices and HQ); 
  • UNICEF National Committee consultants, interns, volunteers, goodwill ambassadors and National Committee board members;
  • UNICEF partners incl. government, civil society, private sector;
  • Academic institutions and students.


It should take you about 70 minutes to complete this self-paced course, but if you wish to look into the optional Further Reading provided, it will take longer. 


This course is composed of six short self-paced modules and a quiz testing your newly acquired knowledge.  

Each module introduces the key messages from UNICEF’s Programme Guidance on the Second Decade and uses illustrative photos and interactive sections and icons.  

In the fifth module a video walks you through how a contextualization of the Programme Guidance might be done. The video is available with English audio and subtitles in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.


The course is composed of 7 modules:

  1. Introduction
  2. Key programming principles for working with and for adolescents
  3. What do adolescents need to reach their full potential?
  4. How can we achieve our objectives?
  5. Country-level implementation
  6. Further reading
  7. Quiz

Contact details

Kristine Hansen  Adolescent Development Officer, Adolescent Development and Participation

Fabio Friscia  Adolescent Development Specialist, Adolescent Development and Participation

For any questions about the course or technical issues, use this support request form.