Facilitator's Guide


Community and School Mapping

This activity enables children and adults to make maps of their community and school that identify the conditions that support children’s rights in specific places. The maps can be shared with others to show which places are assets for children and youth, and which places pose risks. The maps can also be shared in a community or school improvement plan to show opinions about how to redesign places to better support children, youth and their families. Mapping is also useful to identify a representative sample of children, youth and adults from the community to participate in the assessment and planning process.

Key Questions

  1. What places are supportive of children, youth and parents in the community and school?
  2. What places pose risks to children and youth in the community and school?
  3. How can places in the community and school be improved to support children, youth and their families?
  • Example of a community map in Bhavnagar City, India
  • A map of communities that participated in the assessment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Children working in a group to draw a map of their community in India
  • Example of a community map made by children in India
  • Children mapping their community in São Paulo, Brazil

Supporting Tools

  • 2.1 Example Map Themes
    A list of potential themes or topics that can be mapped by participants to help groups think about the kind of maps they want to create.
  • 2.2 Example Map Symbols
    Examples of symbols (small icons or graphics) that represent different themes to be printed, cut, glued or drawn onto maps.
  • 2.3 Example Maps
    Examples of hypothetical maps that can be generated through the activity and the elements that each map should contain.
  • 2.4 Online Mapping Tool
    Link to the online mapping tool of the Resource Kit for groups that want to create their maps digitally using a computer.
  • 2.5 Activity 2 Reflection
    Facilitators and participants can use these questions as a guide to reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of the activity, what was accomplished, and what was learned.