Rights Respecting School

We are a SILVER Rights Respecting School.

What is the UNCRC?

UNCRC stands for United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is a list of agreed rights called Articles. There are 54 articles in the convention and 42 of these are for children.

Here are some of the rights:
– Article 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.
– Article 12: Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
-Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy.
– Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.
– Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

The Convention was agreed by governments across the world in 1989. It says what they must do so that children grow as healthy as possible, can learn at school, receive protection, have their views listened to, and are treated fairly. All the rights in the Convention apply to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.

What is the Rights Respecting School Award?

The Rights Respecting Schools Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils. Children’s rights are central to all aspects of UNICEF’s work, including education, and we use the UNCRC as a framework for our activities.