Rights Respecting Schools
Killard House School achieved its Bronze Award as Rights Committed
School last year and this year we will be working towards our Silver Award which is when we must as a school and community be ‘Rights Aware’. The purpose of this letter is to share with you what this means for the whole school community and to tell you why being a Rights Respecting Schools is so important to all.
The aim in Killard House is that all children and young people will access their rights and others through the school’s everyday activities. As a school we will follow what the Rights Respecting Schools Award demonstrates and that is that the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) can be embedded within a school’s everyday practice.
Here are some of the main things to share with you as parents and guardians which are taken from the UNICEF’s programme for schools.
What is a Right?
Rights are needs not wants, you need them to survive. An important right is a
right to food and water. A want is the latest game or gadget. Everyone should have the access to rights, however, all over the world children and adults are not receiving the rights they are entitled to.
What is a Rights Respecting School?
A Rights Respecting School is a school that teaches its pupils and staff about rights and what they are in all relationships. It also teaches the pupils how to respect the rights of others around the world.
In 1946 an agency was established to help disadvantaged people have the rights they deserve. This agency is named UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Fund).
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their
rights. It looks after the rights of children and mothers around the world.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), was founded in 1989. It is an international human rights treaty that allows all children and young people (aged 17 and under) access to a set of rights. It promises all children the same rights. The UNCRC focuses entirely on children’s rights. These rights are based on what every child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child.
The key provisions are the right to a childhood, to be educated, to be healthy, to be treated fairly and to be heard.
Everyone in our school is learning to know and respect these rights through the help of all the adults who are the’ Duty Bearers’. These rights are for all and must be respected by all. As we reach the pupils about their rights as a child we also want to help them understand that they belong to all children all over the world some of whom do not have the rights that they deserve.
We look forward to learning and growing as a school on this journey and to bringing all the children and young people to place where they understand their rights and the rights of others and how to respect them and work to bring them to young people in the world who do not have some or any of these rights in whatever small way we can. We will as a school value your support as we work to make Killard a Rights Respecting School at Silver Level.