The concept of Child Friendly School (CFS) has been evolving globally since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly in 1989. Bhutan was one of the first countries to ratify the convention in 1990.
In 2005, the Ministry of Education initiated the child friendly schools concept with the objective of enhancing the quality of education in Bhutan, focusing on development of the child in all aspects of his or her life.
The child friendly school concept does not undermine the existing school environment in Bhutan. It is an approach to further enhance the quality of education, and prepare the children to become productive citizens in a rapidly developing country.
CFS aims at making schools more child seeking and welcoming, so that all children live and learn together in a healthy and happy school environment. It ensures full school enrolment, retention and school completion of all children. All children regardless of their background or ability have equal opportunities to enter the school and to participate in learning inside and outside the classroom.
Therefore, the CFS concept helps schools in ensuring that teaching and the general school environment facilitates learning, by taking into consideration the child’s needs and learning style.
The person looking after this program is Mr. Dorji Tshewang.