Rights Respecting School Ambassadors
What is a Rights Respecting School?
A Rights Respecting School puts the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) at the heart of a school’s culture and ethos to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their fullest potential.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The rights are international law.
All the countries in the world have signed to make this domestic law in their country. Except for two…
Albany Junior School are on a journey to be recognised as a Rights Respecting School. In a Rights Respecting School, children know their key rights and appreciate the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere. Children in a Rights respecting School are helped in their journey to becoming a global citizen. Here at Albany Junior School, pupils are learning about many of the rights through their involvement with UNICEF and a Rights and Respecting ethos throughout the whole school.
The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour and improved academic standards.
There are three levels to the award.
We aim to make the children aware of the key rights that are embedded within the ethos and values of our school.
We are very pleased to tell you that we have recently been awarded the first stage of UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting Award (RRSA), 'Bronze: Rights Committed'.
We are striving to create the best possible learning environment for our children and this achievement shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children's rights and encourage each other to respect the rights of others in school.
Well Done Albany!
Now we are all settled in our new classes, children have been pledging to become the 'Rights Respecting Ambassadors' for their class.
Congratulations to those children who won the vote.
Our first meeting has taken place. I was incredibly impressed by the enthusiasm of our ambassadors. They are determined to do their best for the school. They have already begun working on their roles and educating their classmates of their rights.
Our ambassadors have had their second meeting in the lead up to Anti-bullying week. Our ambassadors have been incredibly busy planning a lesson for their year group on an important global issue they have chosen. They are looking forward to delivering these lessons to their class. Year 6 will also be preparing an assembly which they will present, over teams, to the whole school
Year 3 will have a focus on disability - Article 23.
Year 4 will have a focus on poverty - Article 27.
Year 5 will have a focus on refugees - Article 38
Year 6 will have a focus on racism. - Article 2
We are really looking forward to seeing what their classes produce in these lessons.
We hope that we can meet again soon and begin looking at our action plan towards our next target award - achieving Silver: Rights Committed.
Albany Junior School as a Rights Respecting school.
Pupils’ opinions and thoughts are sought, encouraged and respected in all aspects of the school’s work. Pupil leadership is an integral part of the school’s ethos. School Council and Rights Respecting School Ambassadors are examples of committees where pupils are given the opportunity to lead aspects of school life.