School wins on chil­dren’s rights

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A SCHOOL has won an award for its work to teach pupils about chil­dren’s rights – which in­cludes a song sent to David Beck­ham.

Dean Val­ley Pri­mary School in Bolling­ton is the only school in Cheshire East in the last three years to gain the Level 1 Rights Re­spect­ing Schools Award from global chil­dren’s char­ity UNICEF.

It marks ef­forts by the school to in­stil chil­dren’s hu­man rights in its ethos and cul­ture. UNICEF cham­pi­ons the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which sets out the civil, political, eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural rights that all chil­dren are en­ti­tled to.

The award recog­nises the school’s achieve­ment in putting the UNCRC at the heart of its prac­tice.

Dur­ing a Su­per Learn­ing Week, the chil­dren fo­cused on di­ver­sity and learned about the UNICEF 7 pro­ject en­dorsed by am­bas­sador David Beck­ham to pro­tect chil­dren in dan­ger. The pupils made up a song which was sent to UNICEF and shared with David.

Emily Smith, head­teacher, said: “The award recog­nises our achieve­ment in putting chil­dren’s rights at the heart of our prac­tice to im­prove well­be­ing and help chil­dren re­alise their po­ten­tial.

“It’s based on equal­ity, dig­nity, re­spect, nondis­crim­i­na­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion, taught through as­sem­blies and the cur­ricu­lum. We teach pupils about the rights of chil­dren around the world and how some chil­dren’s rights are not re­spected.

“The award is a pow­er­ful tool for the school com­mu­nity to gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing of chil­dren’s rights within our school, lo­cal and global com­mu­ni­ties.

“The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of a Child is used along­side Bri­tish val­ues to pre­pare our pupils to be global cit­i­zens.”

●● Vicar Steve Rath­bone (cen­tre) with, from left: Joe Rees (moun­tain res­cue), Damien (Bike Fac­tory), Adam (Bike Fac­tory) and Dick War­ren (moun­tain res­cue)

●● Pupils at Dean Val­ley Pri­mary School with their Rights Re­spect­ing Schools award from UNICEF

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