Reaching out to those missing out on school

Building child-friendly schools


Building child-friendly schools

© UNICEFGhana/2011/Quarmyne
Child Friendly Schools are places of quality education. Pictured: A teacher and her class at Efutu Basic School in the Central Region of Ghana.

In Child-Friendly Schools, the quality of teaching will be improved, school campuses will become healthier and safer for children, gender equality will be promoted and communities will be engaged in the education of their children. This holistic approach will improve the quality of education and ensure children achieve at least minimum competency in literacy and numeracy. Life skills education programmes will promote responsible and healthy behaviour among young people including HIV/AIDS prevention. 

Inclusive education

"Disability is not inability. Children with disabilities are not hopeless. With the right support they can become somebody in the future," Issahaku Ibrahim, School for Life programme co-ordinator.

Child-Friendly Schools also reach out to communities so that no child misses out on an education.  Enrolling out-of school children and children with special needs into school is critical to ensuring that the goal of full enrolment is met by 2015. UNICEF promotes ‘inclusive education’ that accommodates the needs of students with special needs and removes learning barriers for the most disadvantaged children, including children from poor households, girls, working children, and children in remote communities.

UNICEF supports complementary basic education for out-of-school children. Children attend classes at flexible times, are taught basic literacy and numeracy in their mother tongue, and are prepared to enter class four in mainstream schools. UNICEF is also expanding inclusive education programmes for children with special needs by working with Ghana Education Service staff to identify and support of children with disabilities in regular schools.

Child friendly schools reach out to girls

Bringing quality education to Northern Ghana.

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