Educate, Empower and Inspire – Sharjah’s Child Right Based Approach to Education

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Educate, Empower and Inspire – Sharjah’s Child Right Based Approach to Education
Stream: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Supreme Council for Family Affairs, United Arab Emirates


Sharjah’s comprehensive vision for development is inseparable from its commitment in ensuring a sustainable, bright future for children and youth. Sharjah is the first city in the Middle East to become a Child Friendly City (CFC) in 2018. The Sharjah Child Friendly Office (SCFO) launched the child friendly schools and nurseries (CFSN) project in August 2019 in collaboration with UNICEF, Sharjah Education Council and Sharjah Private Education Authority to ensure that the educational environments in Sharjah are safe, healthy and protective, staffed with trained teachers, equipped with adequate resources and offer conditions appropriate for learning. The CFSN project is distinguished as an innovative and creative in spreading children rights culture starting from early development stages to high schools through innovative initiatives.
CFSN standards have been prepared and it incorporate four major components: Child Rights Education, Participation, Protection and Inclusion. These standards were guided by Federal and Emirate legislation and policies, such as the Wadeema Law, the UAE National strategy for Motherhood and Childhood and the UAE Strategic Plan to Support the Rights and Development of Children with Disability and other. Consultative processes were conducted with representatives from 114 schools and 15 nurseries to discuss the draft standards, which were updated based on the feedback and inputs received. Accordingly, 9 standards for schools and 6 standards for nurseries have been identified. The CFSN project has been piloted in 23 schools and 13 nurseries across Sharjah.

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