Rights respecting schools.
Rights Respecting Schools
What does it mean to be a Rights Respecting School?
A Rights Respecting School, is a school that embeds the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) in their practices to improve well-being and help all children to realise their potential.
What is the UNCRC?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is the basis of all of Unicef’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.
The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights. See here for a list of all the articles.
In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, also known as the CRC or UNCRC. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – in other words, as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.
These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.
What do we need to do to become a Rights Respecting School?
To become a Rights Respecting School Niton Primary School has started the Rights Respecting School Award and have been awarded a recognition of commitment (ROC). We are currently working towards the silver award. See here for the award journey.
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children’s rights; it also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between children or between children and adults.
Award update – June 2018!
Yesterday, Paul Harris from UNICEF visited Niton to see the hard work that the children have been doing all year to learn about their unconditional rights. He talked to lots of children across the school and several of the adults too! The children impressed him with their knowledge of the different Articles of the UN Convention for Children‘s Rights and the way that our school supports children to learn about them and to ensure that they have them whilst they are in our care.
Our pupils talked confidently about children in other parts of the world that might not have the same access to their rights and ways that as school pupils they could help in a meaningful way.
His parting remark was to say how respectful the children were towards each other and what a pleasure it had been to visit such a safe and happy school.
In two weeks we hope to receive the official recognition from UNICEF and proudly share our Silver status with the whole School community.
Niton Primary School has achieved the standard for Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award at SILVER!
The report which accompanies the award highlighted many positive aspects of our school.
“The pupils were very clear that rights are universal, inherent, unconditional and inalienable.”
“Respect is one of Niton’s core values and an integral part of the school’s ethos – this was evident throughout the visit.”
“The school is a supportive and caring community as reflected in its Acts of Kindness awards.”
“Pupils understand they have a voice and a right to be heard.”
Some beautiful banners made by the children.