Child-friendly Schools Manual

The "Child-Friendly Schools Manual" (2006) was developed during three-and-a-half years of continuous work, involving UNICEF education staff and specialists from partner agencies working on quality education. It benefits from fieldwork in 155 countries and territories, evaluations carried out by the Regional Offices and desk reviews conducted by headquarters in New York. Various school models illustrate ways to improve the quality of education. However, it is the CFS models that have emerged as the most comprehensive in their approach and the most widespread, both in the number of countries in which they have been put into practice and the geographical distribution of those countries. Not surprisingly, CFS models vary from country to country. As the main proponent of these CFS models, UNICEF has the responsibility of providing a coherent account of them, summarizing their main features so as to create a prototype that can serve as the basis for developing national capacities to design and implement CFS in a wide range of countries. The same prototype can also enable countries to incorporate CFS standards into their educational plans and realistically estimate the cost of achieving basic education for all with attention to quality standards.