UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. They are working to transform children’s lives by protecting and promoting their rights.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every person under 18 and how governments, adults and children can work towards ensuring the rights are respected.
The Convention has over 50 articles and at Waterloo School the classes, with their Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) representatives, have chosen specific articles in each year group on which to focus. These are as follows:
Year 1: (24/25) – the right to health care
Year 2: (27) – the right to an adequate standard of living
Year 3: (30/31) – the right of children of minorities & the right to leisure & play
Year 4: (28/29) – the right to education
Year 5: (24, 32/33/34) – the right to health care and the right to be protected from drug abuse, sexual exploitation & child labour.
Year 6: (16/17, 23, 28/29) – the right to privacy and access to information. The rights of children with disabilities. The rights for a good education.
Base 2/3: (12/13/14) - Freedom of expression, thought & religious belief. To respect the views of children.
As the children progress through the school all the chosen articles will be tackled which will give them all a better understanding of their rights, and the responsibilities that go with these, to ensure that young people locally and globally enjoy their rights.
Parents can help with this by supporting the school in promoting the rights by modelling rights respecting behaviour in everyday life and activities, especially how they behave and interact with other people.