Child-Friendly Schooling for Peacebuilding (in English and French)


Child-Friendly Schooling for Peacebuilding, UNICEF, 2014

CFS Peacebuilding Cover

Over the past decade, the child-friendly schools (CFS) model has emerged as UNICEF’s signature means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy, particularly in fragile contexts. The main principles of CFS models are ‘child-centredness’, ‘democratic participation’, ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘protection’. The theme of ‘democratic participation’, which states that as rights holders, children and those who facilitate their rights should have a say in the form and substance of their education, has not been explored fully in the CFS model in conflict-affected contexts. Guidance on nurturing citizenship and active participation skills within schools is needed.

In 2013, as part of its ‘Learning for Peace’ programme, UNICEF commissioned research into how child friendly schools might contribute, in practice as well as in theory, to the development of values of democratic participation in children and youth; as well as to their harmonious relationships at the intrapsychic, interpersonal and intergroup level. This resulting report reviews the fields of child-friendly education, and reviews the CFS approach through a peacebuilding lens, identifying elements in CFS theory and practice that are ‘peacebuilding resonant’ (already making a contribution to peacebuilding), ‘peacebuilding latent’
(having unrealized peacebuilding potential), and ‘peacebuilding gaps’ in CFS thinking and provision that need to be filled. The report also identifies and reviews noteworthy low-cost practices in education for peacebuilding developed within but also independent of the CFS framework.

Download: Child-Friendly Schooling for Peacebuilding.

Download in French:Les écoles amies des enfants au service de la consolidation de la paix



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