On the 20th November 1989 the world made a set of promises for every child on earth. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international statement of all of those promises. UNICEF protects and promotes those rights.
These rights try to make sure that every child is healthy, educated, treated fairly and listened to. They also make sure that all children are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation.
“Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights.
Learning about rights helps our children grow into thoughtful, respectful and responsible global citizens. By learning about their rights, our children also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.
Rights Respecting Ambassadors
We have a Rights Respecting Ambassadors that work to ensure every child in our school community are aware of children’s rights. The role of the Ambassadors is, to provide a voice for the children of St Francis’ Catholic Primary School. They meet regularly and are proactive in improving life for children in the school by raising concerns that have arisen from discussions within their RRSA meetings. We respect the views and opinions of our Rights Respecting Ambassadors and aim to ensure the children here at St Francis’ Catholic Primary School have a voice and are listened to when identifying issues that are important to them and tackling them.
Each class at St Francis’ have their own class charter which they came up with which state some of their individual rights and how they can be respected by pupils (rights-holders) and adults (duty-bearers). Here are some examples of our class charters:
Rights Respecting in school 2021-22
Article 22 – You have the right to special protection and help if you are a refugee
‘Stories of Hope’ came to St Francis’ to deliver a workshop to Year 5 & Year 6, creating a safe space in which Asylum Seekers and Refugees shared their personal stories of how they became a refugee. This was a brilliant opportunity for some of our Students to share their stories too and gain an insight into what life is like for a refugee.
Article 2 – The convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion and abilities
Jubilee Fun Day The children had a lovely day on 25th May 2022 (with some activities starting on Wednesday and others finishing today), celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Perhaps you will also join in with other Jubilee Celebrations over the extended Bank Holiday next weekend? Massive thanks to Mrs Rani and Mr Lewis who planned and co-ordinated the day, and to all the staff and parent volunteers who helped in any way.
Article 42 - You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them too.
‘Right of the Week’ Competition
Over this Spring half-term, we have been running a ‘Right of the Week’ competition—testing the children’s knowledge of the UNICEF Rights of the Child. All the correct entries each week went into a draw.