The UNICEF’s global initiative for Child Friendly Education, Cities, and Movement has encouraged government and education stakeholders to focus on children’s rights in every aspect; to give children greater involvement to shape their own future. During the last decade, the growth of the Child Friendly Movement for children well-being has fostered the national and local government, the academic world, the media, the private social sector, nongovernmental and civic organisations to be part as the main actors in a process leading to “child friendly” institutional reforms, regulations, plans, policies and environment.

The movement requires child-centred to be applied not just to the education system but also to the relationship between the child and the overall social context, including the urban environment. Child friendly education and movement must be seen as an essential tool for changing how children’s rights are perceived and applied in society. It should aim to build the capacity of rights-holders, especially children, to claim their rights and the capacity of duty-bearers to fulfill their obligations. It then will help adults and children to work together, provide the space and encouragement for meaningful participation and sustained civic engagement. As in education, to be able to achieve it, remember UNICEF’s Child Rights Education, where the learning should be about rights, through rights (using rights as an organizing principle to transform the culture of learning) and for rights (taking action to realize rights). Teaching and learning, then will empower both adults and children to take action to advocate for and apply the child rights approach at the family, school, community, national and global levels.

Keynote Speaker

Johanna Brismar Skoog
(Ambassador of Sweden)

Prof. David Rockwood
(University of Hawaii
Fulbright U.S. Scholar)

Bodil Rasmusson, Ph.D.
(Lund University, Sweden)

Prof. Michael Thomson
(University of Leeds, UK)

Prof. Endang Fauziati
(Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia)