In 2016, and under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the ‘Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign’ led the way forward for the establishment of SCFO, expanding its scope from encouraging breastfeeding to focusing on the rights of all children and youth. The office was tasked with creating joint strategies and plans to support and nurture young generations in cooperation with relevant entities. Thus, the Sharjah Child Friendly City project was launched in collaboration with UNICEF, and Sharjah officially submitted its bid to join UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI ).

A short-term action plan implemented at the time included a self-assessment and external reviews, sessions with child rights experts, in addition to hundreds of meetings with relevant entities, children and youth. By May 2018, Sharjah became the first city in the world to receive the UNICEF CFCI accreditation based on the initiative’s updated criteria.

The UNICEF CFCI is based on five main objectives that have been incorporated into Sharjah’s 4-year action plan following its recognition. SCFO has launched various initiatives and programmes to meet these five core goals and to further promote child rights in different aspects of life, such as: ‘Child Friendly Schools and Nurseries’, ‘Child Friendly Urban Planning’, Child Friendly Media’ and the annual Sharjah Child and Youth Carnival.

Project Initiatives

Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries
Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries

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Child Friendly Urban Planning
Child Friendly Urban Planning

To support Sharjah Child Friendly City portfolio and in the pursuit of sustainability as child friendly city, the Child Friendly Urban Planning (CFUP) project was launched in 2017 with strategic partners Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC), UNICEF and UN-Habitat. This ensures basic rights of children from different cultures and competencies without any discrimination by participating […]

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Child Friendly Media
Child Friendly Media

The ‘Professional Media Guidelines’ pledge was launched in 2017 By Arab Council for Childhood & Development and signed by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Media Council (SMC), that aimed to promote media guidelines for children’s issues. The Child Friendly Media Project is a reflection of Sharjah’s commitment to childhood and in […]

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Annual Sharjah Children & Youth Carnivals
Annual Sharjah Children & Youth Carnivals

Sharjah Child-friendly Office launched the Children & Youth Carnival in November 2018 to celebrate the recognition of Sharjah as a Child Friendly City (CFC). The Carnival highlights the qualities and global and local achievements of the city’s children and youth by bringing the whole community together. The carnival is distinguished as it is for children, […]

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October 2020

Launched an online competition on global level for children and youth to express their love for the environment by writing or drawing

Nov 2018

Launched Sharjah child Friendly Carnival

Feb 2020

Won the 1st & 3rd place in the UAE Hackathon at the level of Sharjah in designing an innovative Child Right game & designing an innovative and sustainable city by a team of children & youth.

April – Dec 2020

Participated in 3 exhibitions such as (Sharjah Children Reading Festival, Sharjah International Book Fair & Sharjah Police Desert Park) with more than 10000 children & youth participation.

April – Nov 2019

Launched 3 stories to promote Child Right and highlight the feature of the Emirate of Sharjah in English, Arabic and Braille Languages.

Oct 2019

Participated in the ‘First International Child Friendly Cities Summit’ in Cologne, Germany.

July 2019

Launched Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries project.

June 2019

Launched Sharjah Child Friendly Song with more than 1.4 M viewers.

Nov 2018

MOU with UNICEF in the World Children Day.

May 2018

Sharjah emirate recognized by UNICEF as a Child-Friendly City.

April 2017

Launched Child Friendly Urban Planning.

Oct 2017

Launched Child Friendly Media.



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