Rights Respecting Schools Award

About the Rights Respecting Schools Award

As part of the school aim to promote a happy and successful school, we are working towards becoming a ‘Rights Respecting School’. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. We have already achieved the Recognition of Commitment and are working towards achieving the Level 1 Award.

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. We will discuss with the children what their rights are and how they are being met.

The impact on our school

The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our children to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our children also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles that apply to all children around the world.

The ones that we will focus on in Nursery are:

  • The right to a name (article 7).
  • The right to healthy food, water and health care (article 24).
  • The right to play (article 31).
  • The right to be safe (article 19).
  • The right to an education (articles 28 and 29).
  • The right to express themselves and their thoughts and feelings (articles 12 and 13).
  • The right to a home (article 27).
  • The right to be looked after (articles 9 and 18).
  • The right for every child to have the same rights (articles 1 and 2).

If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or becoming a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.