ASSESSMENT OF CHILD - FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
A Child-Friendly School is a school that recognizes and nurtures the achievements of children’s basic rights. A school is considered “Child Friendly” when it provides a safe, clean, healthy, and protective environment for children. This study was mainly aimed to assess the basic needs of the children in the public school, to analyze the behavior of the staff with parents and children, and to analyze the availability of child-friendly facilities in the public schools. The study was descriptive and it was conducted to an analysis of facilities provided by the government for Child-Friendly Schools. For this study, the target population was public sector schools of the Multan district. A convenient sampling technique was utilized for the selection of the sample which comprises 81 respondents (male 40 and female 41). For the collection of data, a questionnaire was utilized in this study. With the help of the survey technique, data had been collected from participants. Collected data were analyzed in terms of descriptive statistics (frequency distribution, mean, and percentage). Significant findings exposed that schools are providing maximum of the facilities such as clean drinking water, security system for the school, enough classroom with proper lights, attendance register for students, refer children to get treatment for their health problem, parent-teacher meeting, etc. Major recommendations for this study were; schools should introduce committees to stop bullying and corporal punishment in their schools and coordinate with a local organization to survey so that all children can come to schools.