New Delhi: UNICEF launched a package that aims to make schools child-friendly and ensure secure, safe, rights-based, quality education, for each and every child. The launch of Child-friendly Schools and Systems package is a part of the UNCT Campaign on Education for India being organised in the month of September 2014, which is in line with the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).

The 'Child-friendly Schools and Systems' (CFSS) package highlights the need to keep continuous focus on the qualitative aspect of the Right to Education. It is designed to enable all children to benefit from child-friendly and inclusive learning environments.

The launch was presided by Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India representative; Ms Kushal Singh, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Education Kareena Kapoor.

It is four years since the historic Right to Free & Compulsory Education (RTE) Act that ensures free and compulsory education for children in the age group 6-14 years, was enacted by the Government of India. Today’s launch of the Child-friendly Schools and Systems’ (CFSS) package urges stakeholders to expand the focus beyond quantity and accelerate the shift from ‘Right of Access to Education’ to ‘Right to Learn and quality education’.

Louis Georges Arsenault, Representative, UNICEF India said, “The RTE Act has a vision on child-friendly and child-centered education. The Child- friendly Schools and Systems package exlains what child-friendly education means in the Indian context and how it can be implemented to ensure inclusive learning. The field experiences presented in the package show that it is possible to implement CFSS guiding principles in schools of India. Integration of CFSS guiding principles into state plans for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, training programmes, development of curricula and monitoring processes will help to improve the quality of education in India.’

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