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Fact: Quality education can break the cycle of poverty and violence in South Africa and help a child thrive.Child-friendly schools
Providing a holistic, quality and protective school experience can make a profound difference in the life of a child. In South Africa, a UNICEF-supported child-friendly schools programme is improving the quality of education by making schools safer for children, in particular girls, improving academic achievement and responding to the special needs of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Help us make more schools child-friendly. UNICEF is supporting the Department of Education to expand the child-friendly schools programme in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo. Child-friendly schools work with the surrounding community to support orphaned and vulnerable children, incorporate school health programmes and feeding schemes, install proper sanitation and water and develop strategies to reduce gender-based violence and substance abuse. The initiative has proven effective in KwaZulu-Natal, where it was piloted in 52 schools, reaching 26,500 children. An accreditation system will be introduced to ensure that schools comply with a list of child-friendly criteria.
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Our goal is to take the child-friendly schools programme to 18,000 schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo by 2010. The procurement and infrastructure activities described below are new activities for UNICEF South Africa. Construction will begin in 2007 and, if sufficient funds are provided to allow an economy of scale, the programme will be scaled up in 2008.