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Rights Respecting School

We are working hard this year to help make Larne and Inver Primary a Rights Respecting School.

 

We have achieved our Recognition of Commitment certificate which is the vital first step towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. 

 

What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

This is an award given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.  In 1989 governments adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(CRC). The rights in the Convention are based upon needs that all children have in order to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. Achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) means putting the rights and responsibilities of children at the heart of the school's planning, policies, practice, ethos and vision.

What is a Rights Respecting school?

A rights' respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

Doing this, we believe, will help our pupils become confident, caring and responsible young people both in school and in the wider world. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about their accompanying responsibilities.

 

There are 42 child-specific articles in the UNCRC, but they can be summed up as follows:

The right to a childhood

The right to an education

The right to be healthy

The right to be treated fairly

The right to a voice.

 

Rights Respecting Steering Group

This year we have set up a 'Rights Respecting Steering Group'.  We meet once a month to feedback ideas that arise during monthly class council meetings.  The aim of the Steering group is to ensure the school know about the different articles and our rights as a child.  It is very important that we all keep an open mind, we give everyone time to speak, we listen to the opinions of others and we take part in discussions.  Just as article 12 states, all children have the right to have their opinions heard and taken seriously.

 

Check back on this page to see how we are getting on with this project!