What is the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child?
The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child is an agreement which was first ratified in 1989 and came into force in the UK in 1992. It contains 52 articles which lay out the rights of every child. The convention is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non discrimination and participation.
Rights Respecting Schools put rights at the heart of their teaching so that every child is aware of their rights.
Why is it important to learn about rights in school?
It shows that children can speak out about things that may be negatively affecting them and that they must be listened to. It also teaches children that it is not only them that have rights, other people do too.
by Preston and Hibbah
How do we learn about rights at Billesley School?
In our school, we know about the rights that are included in our daily lives as we talk about them in lessons and assemblies. Our assemblies focus on a specific right each week and we unpick it and discuss how we can help other children to access this right. We also have P4C sessions where we discuss rights and apply them to real situations. Teachers make excellent lessons about rights and let us use books, ipads and computers to research the way these affect children all over the world.
by Libby and Tanya
Billesley Primary School
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