The UK government has agreed to follow the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which sets out the rights of every person under the age of 18 and how these rights should be met.
UNICEF has developed an award program within schools to promote the 54 articles laid down by the UNRC. Our school was awarded Level 1 in December 2015 and we are proud to be working towards level 2.
The four main principles of the UNCRC are:
- Non-Discrimination (Article 2) – The convention applies to everyone: whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities; whatever they think or say; whatever type of family they come from.
- Participation (Article 12) – Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously.
- Best Interest (Article 3) – The best interest of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
- Life, Survival, and Development (Article 6) – Every child has the right to life and governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.
To implement these principles and achieve our aims, the school has a Rights Respecting Steering Committee made up of pupils from P4 to P7, staff, parent representatives, and members of the community.
Pupils learn about the articles appropriate to their level of understanding. A class charter – drawn up by the class teacher and pupils on the articles they think relate to them – is displayed in each classroom. This charter is signed as a contract by all the children, the teacher and the PSAs.
As a parent, you can help us by talking to your child about the articles chosen by the class. You can also encourage your child to take part in any physical, artistic or cultural activities offered by the school or community. Encourage your child to be mindful of their actions and any behaviour that may impact on others’ rights.