We are now a Rights Respecting School Level 2!
For the last 2 years we have been working towards Level 2 of UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award and in June we achieved this! This means that we are not only working well within the Northern Ireland statutory requirements but also are following the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. (UNCRC)
The UNCRC is a comprehension human rights treaty which enshrines children’s rights in international law. It acknowledges and ensures that all children have the right to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
We teach children about these rights, respect for themselves and others and their responsibilities both locally and globally.
An example of a popular ‘rights’ in school are:-
Article 13: ‘You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.’
Article 14: ‘Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion.’
Article 28: ‘All children have the right to a primary education, which should be free.’
Article 31: ‘Children have the right to relax and play.’
These rights means that children have the right to learn, discuss ideas with adults and other children and share the information in a variety of ways but also they have the responsibility to ensure that they do not prevent others from also having their rights.
We will keep you updated about our Rights Respecting School. If you would like any more information you can look at www.unicef.co.uk