In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, also known as the CRC or UNCRC. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – in other words, as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.
These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.
The CRC is the basis of all of Unicef's work. It is the most complete statement of children's rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.
The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child's life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
We all have rights and they cannot be taken away from us.
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF to raise the awareness of children's rights. We seek to embed the CRC into our curriculum as widely as possible through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development, RE and PSHE.
For further information on the CRC and the work carried out by Unicef you can visit.
We have now achieved the Recognition of Commitment and are now working towards Level 1.
Why are we a Rights Respecting School?
We want to teach children about their rights and we want them to understand how to respect each other's rights. Rights Respecting learning makes us think more about other people and how our actions and words affect them.
We believe this is a very important skill for children to succeed in life and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
How are we a Rights Respecting School?
We teach children about their rights. Every year each class will make a class charter. This charter is agreed and signed by the children and details how we will show respect for each other's rights.
At St Leonard's we believe everything we do should be for the benefit of the children's development and their opinions can shape how we do things. Representatives are elected from classes to form the pupils section of the school's steering group.
We do lots of fundraising at St Leonard's because we think it is very important to help out those who are not as fortunate as us; this is how we respect the right children have to their basic needs.
At St Leonard's we love our diversity and because every child has the rights laid down in the convention we celebrate our diversity by learning about all the cultures, religions and celebrations that make up our great school. Our assemblies, PHSE and RE lessons are linked to the UNCRC.
How can you help?
At St Leonard's we believe we are all partners in the children's future where we need to work together to ensure that children receive the best education possible.
As parents and carers it is your responsibility to help teach your child about their rights. You should talk to them about it and how important they are. Remember that the key message is that there must be respectful of each other's rights.
We encourage our Parents to pay for their child's lunches and visits via their ParentPay account. If you have lost your login details please contact the School Office for help.
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