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Child friendly schools

smiling girls in a child friendly school
© UNICEF Madagascar/2010

The child friendly school (CFS) concept is a simple one: schools should operate in the best interests of the child.

Alongside promoting quality standards of education, child friendly schools seek to provide a safe, secure and healthy educational environment. Within them children’s rights must be protected and their voices must be heard.

UNICEF’s work in Madagascar helps support communities to adopt CFS principles. CFS infrastructure not only includes much needed water and sanitation facilities – absent in most Malagasy primary schools – but also child-height enlarged blackboards; child height rails for hanging artwork; mobile and lightweight desks that can be easily rearranged; and the removal of the teacher’s podium.





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