What is a Rights Respecting School?

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 Articles

The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child outlines 54 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 Varna Community 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.

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