Our goal for primary and secondary education, is to help countries provide access for all children to schooling that supports their whole development, regardless of their ability or background.
At the core of this are the Effective Schools Framework/Child Friendly School (EFS/CFS) strategies that offer a holistic approach to help provide learning environments where children feel cared for, respected and physically and emotionally safe. We work with education planners to design and implement programmes to reduce violence, develop life skills and encourage student participation.
Under the Effective/Child Friendly School umbrella:
- Schools are encouraged to have classrooms that are more child-centred
- Teachers are trained and encouraged to use strategies that cater to different learning styles
- Educators are equipped with knowledge and strategies to use positive behaviour interventions and management techniques as alternatives to traditional disciplinary approaches
- Children are provided with the tools to make the right choices in life though life skills education
- Students are more involved in school management through students’ councils
- Arts, music and sports are used to keep children connected to school and committed to their learning
Classrooms across several Eastern Caribbean countries are being transformed by this positive initiative which is gaining ground every year. The ESF approach is becoming increasingly popular with some 86,000 primary and secondary school students reached by UNICEF’s work in this area by the end of 2017. This figure represents 58 per cent of primary and 39 per cent of secondary schools in 10 Eastern Caribbean countries.