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What Are Child Friendly Schools?

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"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo

Next to home, schools are places where children spend a large part of their day. Much of their all-round development is dependent on the kind of environment they are provided with at school. Making the environment of schools friendly for children ensures effective learning and contributes to their mental, emotional and physical well-being.

In our ClipBook, we have got you a collection of articles to help you know about the parameters of making schools child-friendly. This includes the framework specified by the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF), which includes various parameters such as inclusivity, hygiene, effectiveness for learning, gender sensitivity, security and involvement of the school with children's families. According to this framework, 'The school is a significant personal and social environment in the lives of its students. A child-friendly shool ensures every child an environment that is physically safe, emotionally secure and psychologically enabling.'

In this context, you'll also do well to know about the educational philosophies and ideas propounded by some great men and women like Rabindranath Tagore, John Dewey and Maria Montessori. Their ideas have great applicability, when it comes to improving the learning environment at schools.

So go on, read the articles to know more about the concept of child-friendly schools.

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The Concept Of A Child-Friendly School

At child-friendly schools, child rights are respected, and all children, including children who are poor, disabled, living with HIV or from ethnic and religious minorities are treated equally. A child friendly school is one that recognises and nur...

Child-Friendly Schools: Unicef Framework

Unicef has developed a framework for rights-based, child-friendly educational systems and schools that are characterized as "inclusive, healthy and protective for all children, effective with children, and involved with families and communities - ...

Tagore On Child-Centric Education

As one of the earliest educators to think in terms of the global village, Rabindranath Tagore’s educational model has a unique sensitivity and aptness for education within multi-racial, multi-lingual and multi-cultural situations, amidst condition...

Maria Montessori, A Pioneer Of Child-Friendly Schools

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. She opened the first Montessori school—the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House in Rome on J...

John Dewey’S Educational Philosophy

Along with Jean Piaget, John Dewey was one of the first major contemporaries to develop a clear idea of what constructivism consists of. He was concerned with the learner. He wanted to shed light on the learner as an important agent in the learnin...

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