Rights Respecting School
We continually strive to promote an ethos which reflects UNICEF’s 'Rights' Respecting School Award’ (RRSA). The award recognises schools that have put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of their planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights' respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all UNICEF's work and states that every child has the right to:
- a childhood (including protection from harm);
- be educated (including all girls and boys completing primary school);
- be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care);
- be treated fairly (including changing laws and practices that are unfair on children);
- be heard (including considering children's views).
The RRSA we believe helps our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights, the pupils will also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.
In Carnmoney Primary, we have an elected pupil School ECO Council and its members will be involved in making Rights Respecting School decisions on behalf of the pupils. This involvement and opportunity for the pupils to express their views about their school, supports Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Respect for the views of the child/a child's right to be heard.
Our School ECO Council meet regularly throughout this year to plan and evaluate our work of the school towards becoming recognised for the various stages of the RRSA .
Carnmoney Primary School is a Rights Respecting School and as part of our journey, the pupils and staff studied the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child and agreed that the following six articles should form the basis of our Rights Respecting School Charter.
The Charter is as follows:
Article 2 (without discrimination)
Every child must be treated equally no matter of race, gender, nationality or religion and treated fairly whatever their ability or need.
Article 3 (best interests of the child)
The best interest of the child must be a top priority in everything we do.
Article 12 (respect the views of the child)
Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them.
Article 19 (protection from all forms of violence)
Every child must be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and mistreatment.
Article 24 (health & Health Services)
Every child has the right to good health care.
Article 29 (goals of education)
Every child has the right to develop their personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own cultures, and the environment.