UNICEF Rights Respecting School
Our Rights Respecting Journey
Acacias is on a very special journey to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We already have our Bronze award and are now well on the road to Silver!
1.5 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and more than 4,000 schools up and down the country are working towards the award. Manchester now has 69 schools involved in the programme, with a 53% increase in uptake during 2017 – including Acacias.
To see why, watch this short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH8LIQsiM8o
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the basis of all UNICEF’s work and its principles lie at the heart of the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Using the CRC as a guide, UNICEF work with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.
The CRC has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.
Here are two short videos which explains rights in an easy to understand way:
Here is our school song written and performed by Seren and Mr Malies
Article 2: Every child across the world has all these rights
It doesn’t matter if your skin colour is brown, black, purple or white
They should not be let out of our memory or our sight
‘Cos we have rights
‘Cos you have rights
‘Cos they have rights
Cos after all we’re rights respectful
Article 12: the right to a voice and to get involved
We can talk to an adult that we trust to help get our problems solved
Article 1: we have these rights ‘til we’re 18 years old
And all of those in school that stand beside us
Now know that all these rights help to define us
We shouldn’t be harmed, should be looked after and kept safe
‘Cos we now know…
Article 28 is your right to an education
Learning should be available to children of all nations
Article 17 we have a right to honest information
Article 31 is the right to relax and play
Luckily, we get the chance in school to do it every day
Adults are our duty bearers, helping us along the way
But there are those who’re suffering through war
Child refugees who can’t take any more
They need protection and the right to Article 24
‘Cos we now know…
That we have rights.
That you have rights
That they have rights
And after all we’re rights respectful