Rights Respecting School
We continually strive to promote an ethos which reflects UNICEF’s 'Rights' Respecting School Award’ (RRSA). The award recognises schools that have put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights' respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. We received our ‘Recognition of Commitment’ in October 2017.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all UNICEF's work and states that every child has the right to:
The RRSA we believe helps our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights, the pupils will also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.
In Moira Primary School, we have an elected School Council. School Councilors, staff members and Nicola Markwell, a representative from our Board of Governors, all form the school’s RRS Steering Group and are therefore involved in making Rights Respecting School decisions on behalf of the pupils. This involvement and opportunity for the pupils to express their views about their school, supports Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Respect for the views of the child/a child's right to be heard.
Our RRS steering groups meets regularly to plan and evaluate the work of the school towards becoming recognised for the various stages of the RRSA .