Stoke Fleming School is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School
What is Unicef?
Unicef was first established in 1946 by the United Nations to meet the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China, and has now broadened its mandate to look after the needs of women and children in developing countries everywhere. Unicef is a permanent part of the United Nations system.
What is the UNCRC?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged 17 and under) a comprehensive set of rights. The UK signed the Convention on 19 April 1990, ratified it on 16 December 1991 and it came into force on 15 January 1992. The UNCRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in human history. To have a look at it, follow this link:
The charter gives all children a basic set of rights, which come under the headings of Survival, Protection, Development and Participation. The rights belong to the children, and adults are the ‘duty bearers’ (ie – it is up to us to make sure children have full access to these rights)
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?
The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. Unicef is working with thousands of schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.
Stoke Fleming Primary is currently on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting, and achieved Level 1 of the Award in 2015. The Award recognises the school's achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC or UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Stoke Fleming Primary is now working towards the Silver Award, which will mean that the school becomes an ambassador for the RRS programme and all that it represents.
What does this mean at Stoke Fleming School?
The children have been learning about the UNCRC – most children in the school should be able to tell you something about Article 31 ‘You have the right to play and relax’; and many children will also be able to tell you about Article 12, 14, 28 and 29. Adults in the school have also been learning about the UNCRC, and are using the language of rights within the school.
What can I do as a parent to help?
The most important thing that you can do is to have a look at the UNCRC and the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools website with your child and spend a bit of time talking to them about it. Stoke Fleming will be inviting parents to learn more about the programme, so keep an eye on the newsletter.