Rights Respecting Schools
You may recall that even during our remote learning periods, we continued to work towards gaining our Silver Rights Respecting School Award. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights (also referred to as the Articles) are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. In October 2021 the CRC will become enshrined in Scots Law. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others – their responsibilities.
Blairgowrie High School continues to be a school where every aspect of a young person is focused on and developed, including their wellbeing. This is encompassed in Article 29 (goals of education) which states that “Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment”.
As a school that embeds restorative practice, our learners have always been encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school community.
It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which can be found here UNCRC. We will also continue to update you on how we are promoting them across the school community.
We really hope that you will continue to support us and your child in ensuring that our practice embeds the rights of the child and all of our young people have a knowledge about their rights (Article 42).
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa