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What is a Rights Respecting School?
At Southwark Park School, we have received the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools certificate of commitment. UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) 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 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 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 responsibility 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 having 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.
Does the UNCRC talk about responsibilities?
Yes, with rights come responsibilities. These include:
What about children’s respect for the rights of others?
Research has shown that when children are taught in school about their rights under the UNCRC, they are more respecting of the rights of others. Children who have learnt about their rights and responsibilities have:
Teaching about rights at Southwark Park
Becoming a Rights Respecting school supports our children in achieving their potential and becoming responsible global citizens. Our integrated curriculum helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills and informed decision-making. We have embedded children’s rights within our teaching, ethos and school policies. We believe that the principles and values of being a Rights Respecting school has positive impact on the children’s learning environment. Children and adults have an in depth understanding of children’s rights and the UNCRC through an embedded curriculum, learning within PSHE lessons and in whole school assemblies. The children at Southwark Park know that they are Rights Holders and that adults are Duty Bearers. Our pupils are able to use rights-respecting language within lessons and outside of school and are aware that the rights of the child relate to children around the world.
How can parents support their child to learn about the Convention at home?