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UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award

by swisscottage / July 3rd, 2014 / in Archive 2013/14 / 0 Comments

We are proud to announce that Swiss Cottage School, Development & Research Centre are now holders of UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award (Level 1).

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of the school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

The CRC consists of 54 articles. A ‘child’ is defined as every human being below the age of 18. The key provisions are:

  • The right to a childhood (including protection from harm)
  • The right to be educated (including all girls and boys completing primary school)
  • The right to be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care)
  • The right to be treated fairly (which includes changing laws and practices that discriminate against children)
  • The right to be heard (which includes considering children’s views)

Assessor Stella Muirhead from UNICEF visited Swiss Cottage on the 12th of June and interviewed 13 learners and a range of staff. The assessor participated in a range of activities including; a learning walk, assembly and lesson observation and assessed written evidence collated by Rights Respecting School Leader, Tracy Edwards.

The report is glowing and praises the learners and the school for their efforts embed the core values of Rights Respecting Schools into the schools own ethos. Principal Kay Bedford states: “The child is at the centre of everything we do and respect is one of our values”.

The report describes how learners from Upper School are being trained to be advocates for the younger pre-verbal children. One young man, when asked if his work with the younger children was anything to do with rights, said: “Yes: to communicate, to look after them, to blow bubbles and so they can see an older student.”

The report also describes the wonderful cultural diversity at our school and how we celebrate it: Furthermore the school also offers enrichment activities for young people with differing cultural heritages such as Somali, Bengali and Congolese. One girl from the Middle School described how in ‘Congolese Group’ she had learnt “about different animals, read stories, done drama and learnt more words that come from my country.”

Follow the link below to read the full report.

L 1 Report Swiss Cottage June 2014

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