Child Friendly Spaces Providing child protection and education in conflict settings: A case study from Timbuktu, Mali
Plan International has been providing humanitarian assistance to girls and boys affected by the complex emergency in Northern Mali since 2012. In Timbuktu, Plan International established 3 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) to provide holistic child protection, education and early childhood care and development (ECCD) for 4,400 at-risk children. When schools closed during the conflict, the CFS offered children a safe space to continue to play, learn and receive psychosocial support to overcome their experiences of violence and conflict. After relocation of the CFS from school premises to the community, the CFS started functioning as multi-functional centers to prevent and respond to protection concerns and link children and families to humanitarian services.