Irk Valley Community School works with UNICEF as a Rights Respecting school. The whole school community learn about children's rights from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We learn about the importance of respecting these rights.
Governments around the world promised all children the same rights by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Every young person in the world has these rights, no matter who they are or where they live.
To find out more about UNICEF please visit:
We are really proud at Irk Valley because in May 2018 our school achieved the silver award for being a rights respecting school. We take children’s rights seriously at this school.
From our Silver accreditation report, it states:
‘Children speak about the many opportunities to express their opinions. [One child said,] ‘When we want to try and change things, adults listen and do something about it.’ There are many opportunities to be involved in decision making in school…’
To read the report, please see below:
Every month we choose an article that the children and our school community learn about. It is displayed in our dining room, along with our photos of our rights respecting team and a display we designed and helped make.
This month the right we are learning about is;
|Article 7 - the right to a name.
Across our school, every class has a designed a class charter.
- Children in the class have chosen an article (or more than one) that they believe is important.
- The duty bearers (the adults who work in the classroom) help children to follow and understand the rights.
We also have posters throughout our school which show different articles. In our hall there is a large display with all the rights.
Here is an example of some of our class charters:
Not only do we intend for every child and school staff member to understand children’s rights, but we aim to help our local community understand about rights. The Rights Respecting steering group participated in a local community event, called Near Neighbours, for which they created poems about their school and their rights, to help people learn about children's rights.
Poems by the Rights Respecters 1718 for Near Neighbours Event
We also work with other local schools to learn together and show our understanding of rights. We have created presentations about our schools and shared these. As well as this, we toured a local school that is going for their gold award. This gave us lots of ideas of how to promote rights for children even more.