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Our Rights Respecting School

What about children's respect for the rights of others?

Research has shown that when children are taught in school about rights under the UNCRC, they are more respecting of the rights of others. Children who have learnt about their rights have;

a better understanding of what it means to have rights

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 a Rights Respecting School?

At Redbridge Primary School we are recognised as a Rights Respecting School. We work alongside UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) which is the organisation working specifically for children and their rights. Its mission is to campaign for the protection of children’s rights in order to meet children’s basic needs and empower them to realise their full potential.

UNICEF UK believes that these values should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of our schools, and provides a framework in order to accomplish this. This is the purpose of the RRSA (Rights Respecting School Award). In a rights respecting school, children learn about their rights and their role as global citizens. Children learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and ‘wants’. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others.

Why are children learning about their rights at school?

In signing the UNCRC all Governments have a duty to make both children and adults aware of these rights. There are 42 rights of a child (articles) in the convention covering things such as; children having the right to education (Article 28) and children have the right to be protected at all times (Article 19).

What is meant by ‘rights’?

These are not the same as ‘wants’. Rights are the basic human needs and values that apply or should apply to everyone.

 

To learn more about rights respecting at our school click on documents below.

Zayna's Rights Respect Speech

Every child has rights. No matter what skin colour you are, what age you are, what disabilities you have. That means every child on earth should be respected- the same way the way you want to be respected.

 

A child has a right to play (Article 31). Children learn from playing games. Taking turns, sharing and how to sort our situations by yourself. That means that you should be encouraging children to play a variety of games.

 

Article 24 says that a child has a right to healthy food, clean water and healthy care. That means richer countries need to help poorer countries to stay healthy. We need every child to drink clean water wherever they are from.

 

 

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Article 12 says that every child has their own right to give their own opinion and adults to take their opinion seriously. No matter what it is about, every child can say what they want to say as long as it is not harmful to anyone, even adults.

 

Now you know all about children’s rights how you can make the world a better place. If you respect people the way you wanted to be treated you could give the world a lot more power. So go on - do it!