UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award

Colindale is committed to protecting and promoting children’s rights.  We are delighted to have been awarded with Recognition of Commitment by UNICEF in June 2017. Our school, led by our elected team of UNICEF Rights Champions are now working towards Level One of the Award.

Meet our Rights Champions;

Amir Mokrani  – Reception
Robert Urchasic – Year 1
Julia Holt – Year 2
Maryama Gure – Year 3
Jamar Harris – Year 4
Irena Ibrahimi – Year 5
Mahdi Assad – Year 6

What does it mean to be a Rights Respecting School?

A Rights Respecting School is a school that embeds the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in daily school life. Children’s rights are:

  • Taught
  • Practised
  • Promoted
  • Protected

Rights and respect are modelled in relationships. This includes relationships between adults, between children and between adults and children.

What are Child Rights – UNCRC?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding agreement that describes what children need to survive, grow and live up to their full potential. All children everywhere in the world are entitled to all of these rights. The Convention also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.

Impact of Rights

Embedding rights into school life gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible and active citizens. We expect that the impact of becoming a rights respecting school will be positive for children, staff and the whole community.

What now?

We have achieved RoC and are currently working towards Level 1.

Progress so far…

November – The Article of the Month is Article 19 – Protection. Colindale’s Rights Respecting School is introduced to families. On Thursday 2nd November, the Rights Champions lead a workshop to teach parents and the wider community about Children’s rights and why we are becoming a Rights Respecting School.

December – The Article of the Month is 23 – Disability. If you are disabled, either mentally or physically, you have the right to special care and education. You are entitled to all the rights in the convention so you can live a full life.  In December teachers met together to review the Articles in the UNCRC. We linked many subjects and topics to Articles to ensure that children are learning about and through rights.

January – The Article of the Month is 24 – Health. Every child has the right to the best health care possible. Children need safe drinking water, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this. How will you be looking after your health in 2018? Don’t forget to read the entrance screen where the article of the month is displayed.

February – The Article of the Month is 31 – Play and Relax. Children have the right to relax and play, and the join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and recreational activities. In classes this Article was linked to learning around Chinese New Year, widening horizons, learning through play and relaxation techniques.  All classrooms now have a sign which displays the article of the month.

March – The Article of the Month is 28 – Education.  Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this. All of the 42 rights in the UNCRC are equally important but at school, Article 28 is particularly special to us. Children at Colindale enjoy their right to a good education every day but for some children in other parts of the world, it is not that easy. Rights Champions learnt that an estimated 61 million children around the world are not going to school. We discussed barriers to getting a good education, how we can help to get more children to school and why education is important.

April – The Article of the Month is 13 – Expression. Children have the right to express themselves and to get and share information, as long it is not damaging to them or others. Rights Champions, ECO committee and School Council provide a platform for children to find out information, share their opinions and have their voice heard. Children at Colindale express themselves in many ways including through music, art, class discussions and writing.

How can I find out more?

You can visit UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Website which is full of useful information https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/ Or contact our RRSA Leader Mrs McDonough who would be very pleased to hear from you.

“I like learning about Rights. It makes me feels confident and brave to know what I should be able to do and what I should have, like protection, education and play. Our rights are respected at Colindale that means that we actually do them. All children in the world have rights but some people don’t know about them. I tell all the people about Rights and then the message will spread around the world.”

 

By Daphne Aziz 1W

Eco-Schools Silver