Right of the Week – We have the right to express ourselves (Article 13)
Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
About the Award
Our school is taking part in a UNICEF UK initiative in order to become a Rights Respecting School.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. We will work together to embed children’s rights in our school’s ethos and culture. This will improve overall student well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.
What impact will it have?
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) has a huge impact on children and young people, as well as the school as a whole. We aim to introduce and reinforce the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the CHILD (CRC) in order for children, the whole school, and the wider community to benefit.
– To become a RRSA
– To improve the self-esteem and well-being of all children
– Improved pupil relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and improved attendance)
– Improved student engagement in learning
– Positive attitudes developed towards diversity in society
– Enhanced moral understanding
– Children become more involved in decision making at school
What have we done so far?
On November 20th 2015, our school took part in OUTRIGHT 2015; children from years 1-5 took part in a day of learning based around the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We explored different humanitarian emergencies across the world and looked deeper into each situation; comparing the rights of children in the UK with those of children in different parts of the world as well as sharing ideas on how we could protect those children affected by such crisis.
OUTRIGHT 2015 not only encouraged children to think about their own rights as a child, but also to think of ways in which action can be taken. The day brought out some fantastic ideas from the children, and empowered them to speak out and share their views.
Benson will have a group of UNICEF Ambassadors who meet weekly to discuss the workings of the school and how things can be improved. We will also have a number of theme days and fundraisers throughout the upcoming months to continue to learn about children’s rights all around the world! We will be collecting evidence and photos of our work on a monthly basis to show our children, parents and visitors all of the excellent work we do.
Learn more at: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/