What is a Child Friendly City?
A Child Friendly City is committed to fostering children’s well-being and development through integrating youth as solucionaries into the city’s governance structure, initiatives, and decision making. Having young people as partners and participants is key to making our place a community that responds to their needs and a place where children can thrive.
What makes a city “child friendly?”
Just like we know that plants need some combination of air, water, and sunlight to thrive, there are certain building blocks that build a City where children can thrive.
Some of those Building Blocks include when children are able to do the following:
- express their opinions on the city/community;
- participate in family, cultural, city/community and social life;
- experience quality, inclusive and participatory education;
- be safe and protected from exploitation, violence and abuse;
- meet friends and have places and spaces to play and enjoy themselves;
- have green spaces for plants and animals;
- live in a clean, unpolluted environment;
- be an equal citizen, with access to every service regardless of their ethnic origin, religion, income, gender or ability.