Child Friendly SchoolsUNICEF

Did you know that on any given day, more than a billion children around the world go to school? Whether classes are held in buildings, in tents or sometimes even under trees, children should be learning, developing their potential and enriching their lives. For many of them, however, school is not a positive experience.

The child-friendly school (CFS) model has emerged as UNICEF's signature means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy. The model can be viewed as a holistic instrument for pulling together a comprehensive range of interventions in quality education. The child-friendly schools (CFS) framework promotes child-seeking, child-centred, gender-sensitive, inclusive, community-involved, environmentally friendly, protective and healthy approaches to schooling and out-of-school education worldwide.

Child-friendly schools have become the main approach through which a network of international and national partners is promoting quality education for all children, in everyday situations as well as in emergencies. In 93 countries, the child-friendly school approach is used for ensuring children their right to quality education.

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