Caledonia Primary and Early Years aims to be a school where children’s rights are embedded within the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve pupil relationships and well-being and to develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to their full potential. In pursuit of this ambition we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK, which has been proven to have far reaching benefits for everyone in the school community, leading to better learning, improved academic standards and a reduction in bullying.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by recognising the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The convention has 54 articles that are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and to fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from. Some of the rights of the convention include a child’s right to clean water, nutritious food, good health care and a safe environment, the right to have a say in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously, the right to an education and to a safe childhood, where they are protected from any harm, violence, abuse or neglect.
As a Unicef Rights Respecting School we shall endeavour to create a community where children’s rights are learned, promoted and realised. A school which models rights and respect in all its relationships, enabling our children to play, grow and learn together, within a climate based upon the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.
It is an exciting time in the life of Caledonia Primary and Early Years School. We hope that you will be able to support us on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School.
For further information about the Rights Respecting Schools Award please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.
You can find out more about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting: www.unicef.org.uk/crc
Please do get in touch with us if you would like to learn more.