Child Friendly Schools: Making education real for children, families and communities in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 12 April 2011 – In a four-day global capacity building workshop taking place in Maputo from 11 to 14 April, educators and administrators from Portuguese-speaking counties around the world are gathering in Mozambique to study the Child Friendly School (CFS) program. The workshop was opened by the Minister of Education Zeferino Martins, and by UNICEF Representative Jesper Morch on 11 April 2011. Mozambique was chosen as a venue for the global workshop because of the country’s extensive and positive experience with the UNICEF-supported CFS program.
UNICEF works to ensure that every child in the world – regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or socio-economic status – has access to a quality education. One way of doing this is by mainstreaming and scaling up CFS or similar models throughout the education systems in all 155 countries and territories in which UNICEF operates. This involves the focus on child-centered learning and provision of services through schools, as well as critical processes such as designing and implementing gender-sensitive curricula, improving learning environments for children and focusing on teacher development. The purpose of CFS is to support the accelerated promotion of quality basic education for all children, school construction and rehabilitation, capacity building for teachers and strengthening school governance and management.
The CFS program is guided by some key principles:
Children have a right to education
Gender equity, empowerment and inclusiveness are essential
Schools provide a head start and keep children safe
Schools are for life
Broadening horizons and fostering creativity
Last, but not least, CFS strengthens the bonds between school and family and community. The program is respectful of and sensitive to the knowledge, values and traditions students bring from their families and the wider community. At the same time, in a child-friendly school, children acquire new knowledge and skills that they take back to their family and community.
For more information, please contact:
Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: email@example.com