Child Friendly Schools (CFS)

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This e-Learning Package is presented as part of the Global Capacity Development programme for CFS, developed by the UNICEF Education Section in New York, in collaboration with regional and country offices. Other elements of the programme include the CFS Manual, Compendiums to the Manual (WASH, School Readiness and Financial LIteracy and Climate Change) and a set of case studies on CFS programming in different contexts.

Learning objectives

The purpose of this course is to help you:

  • apply the concepts and principles that are the foundation of the CFS model.
  • recognize CFS as a dynamic model that charts out a pathway to quality enhancement in education that is flexible enough to be applied to development as well as emergency situations.
  • gain the necessary technical knowledge, programming skills, and aptitutes to support the planning and implementation of the CFS model for education, as well as its mainstreaming into the national educaiton policies and plans.
  • become familiar with key reference documents and resources to support the application of the CFS model.


This course is suitable to anyone interested in learning more about the Child Friendly School initiative, a core component of UNICEF's programmes in the field of Education.


It should take you 4 to 5 hours to complete this self-paced course. You can complete the course in as many seatings as you wish (your progress will be saved).


This self-learning course, includes scenario based modules which introduce core concepts of the CFS Toolkit and their applications. The course also includes a number of quizzes and activities.


The course is composed of 7 modules. You will first be introduced to the key concepts of the CFS initiative. Modules 2 to 5 then explore in greater detail: Learning and Teaching, Learning Environment, School Leadership in CFS and School Community Links. Modules 6 deals with practical considerations related to school design and construction. Finally, Module 7 talks about the link between CFS and Education Policies, and offers insights on how to mainstream and scale up CFS initiatives.

Module 1: Introduction to Child-Friendly Schools
Module 2: Learning and Teaching
Module 3: Learning Environment
Module 4: School Leadership in CFS
Module 5: School-Community Links
Module 6: Application of CFS principles to Guide School Design and Construction
Module 7:Education Policy, Mainstreaming, and Scaling Up

Contact details

Maida Pasic, Programme Specialist, Education Section

How to register

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