Safe and caring schools
What is a Safe and Caring school?
Safe and Caring schools encapsulate UNICEF’s global Child-Friendly Schools Framework (CFS) which was first conceived as a means of translating the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the South African constitution and other human rights instruments to improve school management and classroom practice. It will be implemented by the National Department of Education in partnership with UNICEF under the banner of Safe and Caring Schools. The Framework attempts to define the provision of quality education in a holistic and integrated manner. The Safe and Caring Schools programme has six broad characteristics. The school should be effective, rights based, gender responsive, health seeking and promoting, safe and secure and partnership oriented.
This framework ensures that the rights of all children to a high quality education is at the heart of the initiative. It is also designed to contribute to meeting the Millennium Development and Education for All goals dealing with poverty, hunger, gender equality, child mortality, access to water and sanitation. Achieving these goals is s dependent upon the success of education systems. The SCS framework, with its holistic approach to access and quality, and with the success gained through experiences in other parts of the world provides the basis from which real progress towards the MDGs can be made.
The framework lays emphasis on the learner being at the heart of the learning process, and the school at the centre of the education system. Schools are where investments designed to improve the quality of education come together in the teaching and learning process. Reforms to improve quality education should give appropriate weight to enabling schools to improve their own performance, by giving weight to leadership and management competencies at school level. And also of importance is giving children the opportunity to play. In the partnership with SuperSport that angle is part and parcel of the SCS initiative. This gives children the opportunity to develop physically, mentally as well as emotionally.
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