Why the Rights Respecting School Award?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:
- To survive as a fit and healthy person
- To be protected from harm and abuse
- To develop physically, mentally and socially
- To participate as an active citizen
Some of the Articles of CRC:
Article 12: Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Article 13: Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive information of any kind as long as it is within the law.
Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
UNICEF UK believes that the principles and values of the CRC should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of every school. This is the purpose of the Rights Respecting School Award.
UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) provides a framework to help schools to use CRC as the basis for their ethos. In a rights respecting school, children learn about their rights and the responsibilities that are implied. 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.
Who are the Brownmead Rights Respecting Steering Committee?
Kacey O’ Neill
Daisy – May Molland
Rehaan Pemberton – Khan
What is their role?
The steering group work together to develop and maintain a school community based on equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. Their job is to empower all children at Brownmead to enjoy and exercise their rights and to promote the rights of others locally and globally.
Rights Respecting School Bronze award
We are delighted to announce that Brownmead received the UNICEF Rights Respecting Bronze Award in February 2018.
This means that:
- We have made the children familiar with the Rights that all children have from birth.
- We have completed a range of assemblies linked to different Articles within the Convention for Children’s rights
- We have committed to developing our understanding of Rights Respecting and how this can influence what we do as a school, day to day.
- We have completed an Action Plan to get ourselves to Silver.
A fantastic effort by the steering group who organised a non-uniform day to collect food for one of our local food banks. Thank you everyone for your generosity!