Healthy Classrooms for Kids
Responding to Every Child's Needs
Every day, more than one billion of the world's children go to school. They sit in buildings, in tents or even under trees. UNICEF is committed to making that learning environment a healthy one—free of physical discomforts and discrimination, full of competent teachers and inspiration.
UNICEF understands that schools are not 'one size fits all' institutions, and that children have diverse needs. With this in mind, we have striven to create an educational model aimed at helping schools achieve safe, healthy and protective environments that meet the specific needs of their children.
The child-friendly school model is a simple one:
- Schools should operate in the best interests of the child;
- Educational environments must be safe, healthy and protective;
- Classrooms should be endowed with trained teachers and adequate resources; and
- Within them, children's rights must be protected and their voices must be heard.
Learning environments must be a haven for children to learn and grow, with respect for their identities and varied needs. The child-friendly model promotes inclusiveness, gender-sensitivity, tolerance, dignity and personal empowerment.
Education in Emergencies and After Disaster
The child-friendly approach is the main model through which UNICEF and its partners promote quality education in normal as well as emergency situations. In areas recovering from disaster, child-friendly schools are an important key to "building back better." The model may differ from country to country, but the common denominator across cultures is a focus on child-centered education.
The success of our child-friendly Schools work depends on partnerships with other actors in the international arena. Together, we can help ensure that every child—regardless of whether he or she attends school in a building, a tent or under a tree—receives a rights-based, quality education.
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September 23, 2013
Western Union Unveils Plan to Benefit Children via New Western Union Education for Better Fund, Urges Consumers to Support UNICEF
The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, today urged consumers globally to join together in supporting education through its long-standing partner, UNICEF. The company also unveiled plans for a new Western Union Education for Better Fund to support UNICEF programs that provide education for children in and around Syria whose schooling has been disrupted.
September 16, 2013
As the new school year starts in Syria today, many children face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. The conflict has left nearly 4,000 schools—or approximately one in five in the country—damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families.
September 5, 2013
With the new school year in Mali starting on October 1, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to provide access to education to half a million children displaced by the conflict, seasonal flooding and a nutrition crisis. Alongside its partners, UNICEF is mobilizing teachers and parents to get children back to school in safe environments.