Rights Respecting School

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

What is a Rights Respecting School?

The Rights Respecting Schools Award supports schools to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) in their practice to improve well-being and help all children to realise their potential. The award is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
At Star, we learn about our rights and embed these values in daily school life giving children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens. Children’s rights are promoted and realised with everyone in the school community working together towards this goal. We believe that it is important to respect and value our own rights and, equally the rights of those around us.

 

What are the ABCDE of rights?

  • A: Rights are for all children (universal)
  • B: Rights are there at birth (inherent)
  • C: Rights cannot be taken away (inalienable)
  • D: Rights do not have to be earnt (unconditional)
  • E: All rights are equally important? (indivisible)

What does it involve?

  • The whole community learns about rights and sees them as underpinning our Star values and relates these to our holistic curriculum.
  • Mutual respect for rights informs all practice and relationships in school.

UNCRC Articles for this term:

This term’s whole school topic is The Earth Our Home – Climate Change.

Climate change undermines the rights of every child. It is a local and global problem. At Star, we believe in empowering our children to understand not only what climate change is all about – but also what we can do to help protect our planet. Preparing children to understand the challenges of climate change will encourage children to become active as global citizens and encourage them to embrace a sustainable lifestyle.

Rights focus:

Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.

Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.

Article 6: Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.

Article 27: Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development.

 

Useful UNICEF Links:

  • How Unicef helps children around the world
  • How children’s rights are protected in the UNCRC
  • Evidence of the impact of the RRSA framework on schools
  • What Unicef does to support children in the UK
  • A summary of the UNCRC