What is Rights Respecting Schools?
Children and young people can raise their achievement at school and improve the quality of their own and their families’ lives if they learn exactly what their rights and responsibilities are according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and how to use this understanding as a guide to living.
Children and young people will know how to go about making informed decisions and become confident, active citizens if this rights / responsibilities guide to living is introduced at an early age and is reinforced throughout school life.
UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award is an effective way of inspiring and supporting schools who want to provide children and young people with a rights-respecting guide to living.
Helping You Understand
UNCRC – United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child
RRS – Rights Respecting School
RRSA – Rights Respecting School Award
UNICEF – United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child outlines 45 Articles that cover a wide spectrum of rights. Ranging from the right to have a name (Article 8) through to the right of a refugee child (Article 22).
At Roseburn Primary School children will be informed of all their rights, and where appropriate studies of these rights will take place either at a school-wide, or class, level.
For Your Information
To help you understand a little more about Rights Respecting Schools we have included some helpful video clips. We hope you find them helpful.
Here are our Rights of the Month (ROM) for the session 2019-20
The ROMs are chosen by the Rights Respecters at their monthly meetings. The Rights Respecters share the ROM at our assemblies, the Rights Board and in our classes.
The Rights of the Month for session 2018-19
Our Roseburn Playground Charter
This was created by the Rights Respecters in December 2019. They shared this at assembly, with their classes, and the school community and asked for feedback.
Feedback was positive and all agreed to use it.
Our Rights Respecters have worked hard to make Roseburn aware of children’s rights. They have raised awareness with the children; to develop their own class room charters. The Rights Respecters created a Roseburn Playground Charter last term. They introduced the Charter yesterday. The Rights Respecters hope this will help everyone reduce disagreements at break and lunchtime, and offer everyone a much happier and more sociable experience.
Creating a charter helps to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) more prominent and relevant. A charter not only provides an opportunity to learn about specific articles from the CRC, but helps to establish and build shared values and relationships for creating a rights respecting ethos.