The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) is a UNICEF-led initiative that supports local governments in realizing the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its foundation. It is also a network that brings together government and other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, media and, importantly, children themselves who wish to make their cities and communities more child-friendly.

This course describes the core components and key steps to be taken for a city/community to be recognized as child-friendly by UNICEF.

Learning objectives

  • Define what the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) is
  • Define how the CFCI is linked with the Sustainable Development Goals and other strategic frameworks
  • Identify ways to apply a child rights based approach to the CFCI
  • Define the different steps for a city/community to becoming child-friendly


This course is mostly targeted to UNICEF staff but it can also be useful for anyone working on the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI).

Primary audience: UNICEF staff in social policy, advocacy, child protection, education, fundraising and communication.

Secondary audience: National and local government staff working on the CFCI Civil society organizations Academia.


  • Introduction to the course
  • Module 1: Definition, vision and context of the CFCI
  • Module 2: The journey to becoming a Child Friendly City
  • Assessment (Final quiz)


The amount of time to complete this course is estimated to approximately 45m.

Contact details

  • For technical issues, please contact the Agora team (
  • For content queries, please contact Louise Thivant (
  • For questions and suggestions on further building the e-learning curriculum on working with the private sector and governments, please contact Jasmin Suministrado (

          Acknowledgement of contribution to the content of this course:

  • Reetta Mikkola (
  • Louise Thivant (