The Child Friendly School System (CFSS) commenced by Save the Children in Sri Lanka with the collaboration of Provincial Education Authorities. This program was conducted in the year 2004 and continued up to 2007. CFSS Program was developed and implemented in 6 districs by the writer as the Program Specialist (Education) and the Partnership Development Manager with the support of other Project Officers and the respective Zonal Education Authorities in Sri Lanka. CFSS projects were launched in more than 200 schools in rural atmosphere. This program has been aimed to cater the children with less privillages and dropouts.
These schools were aimed at two key objectives. Catch Up Education program for school dropouts and converting the entire school to a Child Friendly School are the two major objectives. Catch Up Education (CUE) classroom is consisted of 25-30 school dropouts. These children are from different ages with different education levels. In order to avoid problems of different education levels, CUE program has been conducted as a multi-grade classroom where all levels and age groups get the opportunity of following different modules with in the same classroom. These modules are developed with active learning methods and frequently used locally available material as teaching aids.
CFSS aimed at 7 outputs and one another element called Principal and Administrative Staff Training. The program strategy was developed after evaluating the contextual situation and conducting a literature survey with secondary data analysis. This program focused on the outputs shown below:
1.Improved Health and Well being
2.High Academic Achievement
3.Full Enrollment and Completion
4. Guaranteed Safety and Protection