The Rights Respecting Schools initiative is based on teaching about rights throughout the curriculum, using the articles from the UN Convention.
The aim of both the Rights Respecting Schools initiative and the school is to help children to achieve their potential and become responsible, global citizens. Through learning about the articles in the UN Convention, children learn respect for self and others, critical thinking skills, and how to make informed decisions about both local and global issues.
Evidence shows that when children are taught in school about their rights under the UN Convention, they are more respecting of the rights of others and demonstrate:
- A better understanding of what it means to have rights and responsibilities.
- More positive attitudes to school.
- Better relationships with their classmates and teachers.
- Higher self-esteem.
Our Rights Respecting Schools journey so far…
- Every class created a charter using the articles from the UN convention to promote respect within the classroom.
- Class charters are displayed within each classroom and used to promote positive behaviour.
- Links are being made within all curricular areas to incorporate rights into daily teaching, assemblies and House group activities.
- Primary 4- Primary 7 pupils have applied to the Rights Team. The Rights team will present at assemblies and organise whole school competitions to help all children learn about rights.