This session, Blacklands Primary School has started working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is the organisation working specifically for children and their rights. UNICEF has undertaken research on the impact teaching children about their rights has. The results show that children who have learnt about their rights and responsibilities have:
A better understanding of what it means to have rights and responsibilities
A more positive attitude to school
Better relationships with their classmates and teachers
Higher self esteem
An increased awareness of how to be a global citizen
What is meant by ‘rights’?
Our rights are what every human being deserves, no matter who they are or where they live, so that we can live in a world that is fair and just. Of course, since these rights are for everybody, that means we all have to take on responsibility too.
What is meant by ‘responsibilities’?
A responsibility is something that is your job to do something about, or to think about. It is something that affects our lives and other people’s lives.
What are we doing in school to achieve our award?
The “Rights Respecting School Committee” have undertaken a focus group interview to gain an accurate reflection of current practice in the school in order to complete our action plan.
- Each class have made their own classroom charter about rights
- The “Rights Respecting School Committee” are creating a lunchtime charter
- All children have been and will continue to learn about Children’s rights this term through interdisciplinary topics
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