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…

February – Staff participated in an inset afternoon to help us understand more about the Rights Respecting School Award and how it will affect us. Staff completed a survey and an adult steering group has been formed.

April – A series of RRSA launch afternoons introducing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child to children and staff were held. Children had the opportunity to learn about rights in a practical and interactive way.

May–  Election day. Every child from Reception upwards voted for a representative from their year group to become a Rights Champion. Rights Champions meet fortnightly.

June– UNICEF looked at the work we have done so far and our plans going forward and have awarded us with Recognition of Achievement.

July – The Rights Champions ran a stall at the international fair. They promoted the UNCRC and raised money for the PTA.

September – Every child across the school has been involved in developing a class charter for their classroom. A class charter is an agreement which sets out articles and actions for a rights respecting school.

October – Article of the Month is launched. October’s Article is Article 8 – Identity. The article of the month is discussed in assemblies, the classroom and around the school. It is displayed for the whole school to see and it is the newsletter

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

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 Wate who would be very pleased to hear from you.

“A Rights Respecting School is a place where we can all feel confident with ourselves and it encourages us to use our voice. It has helped me build my confidence. It has helped me raise awareness of injustice in the world”.

A pupil from a Primary Rights Respecting School

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