Working together to build and support Child Friendly Schools.

At 3P Learning we believe in zero. That’s a goal of zero illiteracy and innumeracy across the world. Zero young people without access to an education. It’s our goal, one we are proud to share with our global partners at UNICEF. Together we are working on a major initiative to build and support Child Friendly Schools.

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Our support
The CFS Model

What is a Child Friendly School?

On any given day, more than one billion of the world’s children go to school. Whether they sit in buildings, in tents or even under trees, ideally they are learning, developing and enriching their lives. For too many children though, school is not always a positive experience…

Some endure difficult conditions, like extremely hot or cold temperatures in the classroom or primitive sanitation. Others lack competent teachers or an appropriate curriculum. Still others may be forced to contend with discrimination, harassment and even violence. These conditions are not conducive to learning or development, and no child should have to experience them.

Access to education of poor quality is tantamount to no education at all.

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Our support of Child Friendly Schools

3P Learning and UNICEF are profoundly committed to securing safe, rights-based, quality education for each and every child, irrespective of his or her circumstances. With this in mind, every year we financially support the building and support of more Child Friendly Schools.

Through fundraising with our huge global network of subscribing schools, as well as annual financial support from 3P Learning’s charitable fund, we are proud to have worked closely with our partners at UNICEF over recent years to fund, build and financially support Child Friendly Schools and related community projects.

Take a look at this video of a group of teachers visiting one such project…

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Facts about Child Friendly Schools

The Child-Friendly School (CFS) model is a simple one at heart. Schools should operate in the best interests of the child. Educational environments must be safe, healthy and protective. Within them, children’s rights must be protected and their voices must be heard. The CFS model promotes inclusiveness, gender-sensitivity, tolerance, dignity and personal empowerment.

  • Educational environments that are safe, healthy and protective, endowed with trained teachers, adequate resources and appropriate physical, emotional and social conditions for learning.

  • CFS environments build upon the assets that children bring from their homes and communities, respecting their unique backgrounds and circumstances.

  • At the same time, the CFS model compensates for any shortcomings in the home and community that might make it difficult for children. For example, if there is a food shortage in the community, school-feeding programmes can provide children both with the nutrition they so need and the incentive to stay in school and get an education.


countries around the world now have UNICEF-supported Child Friendly Schools*