Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries Project
Since July 2019, Sharjah Child Friendly Office (SCFO) set clear goals to promote children’s rights in the educational environment and strived to support educational institutions in setting standards that bolsters their environment, nurture their students and children, and create a friendly space for them. The Sharjah Child Friendly Schools and Nurseries (CFSN) project was launched through a series of agreements signed between the Sharjah Child-Friendly Office (SCFO), UNICEF, Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) and Sharjah Education Council (SEC).
It was manifested in the Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries project (CFSN); one of the programs that was launched under the Sharjah Child-Friendly City initiative, a title that was bestowed by UNICEF upon the emirate in recognition of its efforts in supporting children’s rights and providing them with a friendly environment. All of this stems from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, which affirms that building the future of nations starts with investing in and caring for the younger generation.
Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries Project phases (2019 – 2021)
The Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries is a strategic partnership project between SCFO, UNICEF, SPEA and SEC under Sharjah Child-Friendly Emirate’s strategic plan 2018-2023. The project progressed through different phases:
Preparatory Phase (2019)
The CFSN project in Sharjah started by signing an agreement with UNICEF, SPEA and SEC. This was followed by conducting several meetings with the educational authorities in Sharjah and group discussions and consultation sessions with hundreds of children, parents, teachers, and educational professionals. Based on that and Sharjah’s current situation, comprehensive standards were developed for schools and nurseries in Arabic and English.