Glenfrome Primary is a Rights Respecting School – that means we put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of everything we do. We are working towards the "Rights Respecting Award" which will show how we promote children's rights and empower them to become global citizens. 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.
The convention recognises that all children have rights such as:
- the right to an education and the right to clean water.
- the right to be safe
Alongside these rights comes responsibilities, such as 'it is our responsibility to listen in lessons.'
For a full list of children's rights, taken directly from UNICEF, click here and scroll to page 2.
For a full list of children's rights, in child friendly language, click here.
What have we done so far?
The school community was introduced to the convention in September 2010. Each class began the journey by creating class charters displaying rights relevant to the class, alongside responsibilities the children have to ensure every child has their right met. The children have also thought about the rights of children in other countries, such as those affected by the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The children have also found out about Fairtrade and the Red Cross, enabling them to become true Global Citizens.
Last year a Rights Action group was also formed to lead the Rights Respecting Work in the School. They had an important job of creating the Dinnertime Charter, which can be viewed here.
Since September 2011, every class have created new charters and have continued learning about the convention. This learning now takes place in PSHE lessons, as well as in History, Geography and Literacy. For example, children in Year 3 were reading the book Matilda by Roald Dahl and they wrote letters from Matilda to the local council complaining about the rights she was having denied.
We also have a new Rights Respecting School Council. This is made up of 2 groups of children - some are School Councillors and others are Rights Councillors, responsible for leading the work in school.
Here are our Rights Councillors.
We have lots of exciting things planned for the rest of the year, including our first Rights Respecting opening morning on Tuesday 13th December, where parents can come into class and work with their children on different Rights Respecting activities.
For more information, click here to go to Unicef's website