Our Rights Respecting Schools Award Steering Group has recently been formed by pupils from P3-7, adults from partnerships and staff from school.
Children put themselves forward to become a member of the group and shared why they were interested in joining. Members were asked to tell us about someone who inspires them with answers ranging from Sir Alex Ferguson, Anzhelika Terliuga, Darius Rucker, JK Rowling, friends, teachers and family members.
Members were asked why rights were so important. Here are some of their answers..
‘Rights are important because we should be heard.’ Ishaa
‘Rights are important because people get the right help and support for their needs.’ Mayci
‘Rights are things that we should all have, for example, the right to food. We should all have good and healthy food.’ Oscar
‘Rights are important because everyone has the right to a good and fair life.’ Archie
‘Rights are important so everyone is treated fairly and equally.’ Emilia
‘Rights are very important so that everyone is treated with kindness and respect.’ Oliwia
‘Rights are important to make children more involved in decisions.’ Milly
‘Everyone deserves their own rights as their opinions and privacy should be respected as well as having free speech.’Ruaridh
‘Rights help us explain why we should or shouldn’t do something.’ Neve
‘Rights are important because they protect people, make sure it’s fair for everyone and allow people to stand up for themselves.’ Luca
‘Rights are important because everyone is different in their own way and no one can boss you around.’ Leandro
We aim to help children in our school learn about their rights and explain why some children around the world may not be able to access their rights.
Each week in assembly, articles from the UN charter of the Rights of the Child are highlighted and discussed. Different articles are linked to our assembly focus.
So far we have have explored Chinese New Year, UN Day of Change, Rabbie Burns Night, Martin Luther King Day, Fairtrade and SCIAF. The online school calendar highlights the article and focus to allow staff to discuss in class. Our steering group have an important role to play in leading these discussions in school.