Rights Respecting School

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UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. It recognises schools which put the CRC at the heart of their ethos and culture to improve wellbeing and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.

The Rights Respecting School award will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible citizens in school and within the wider community. By learning about our rights we will also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.

We hope you will be able to support us in working towards our goal by talking at home about children’s rights. If you would like to help us or have any ideas, please speak to Mrs Watson or one of our Ambassadors. You can find more information on the CRC and the Rights Respecting School Award at UNICEF – Convention on the Rights of the Child

This is our school charter

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Our Design

You will see our Leith Primary Rights Respecting Ship around the school wherever there is Rights Respecting work going on. This ship was designed by Lottie in 2015 and encompasses our school emblem as well as the UNICEF globe.

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Our Charters

In addition to our School Charter, every class has their own Charter.

This is not a set of rules, but instead a mutual agreement between all adults and children in the class. It is an inclusive, participatory process which develops a sense of ownership of the classroom and learning.

The class charter sets out:

> The rights from the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) seen as most relevant to the class.

> Beside each right, the action agreed between all children and adults to ensure these rights can be recognised and realised by everyone.

> Who agreed to the charter – by signing or adding a picture.

Children agree together on the style and design of their Charter and where/how it is displayed. Here are examples of our charters.

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