As the Rights Respecting School banner sails in the Rossie winds, our education team and young people at Rossie are proud to have achieved the Silver Award for UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Awards (RRSA).
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Silver is given to schools that make excellent progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum.
Passion for the Award is demonstrated throughout Rossie, including our Board of Governors who have experienced Child Rights workshops delivered by young people at Rossie. A governor said: “This school and RRSA is giving the young people opportunities to do things in this setting that they couldn’t do in mainstream school”.
Since registering for the RRSA, Children’s Rights activities have been brought into the Rossie classroom. Discussions take place during Personal and Social Education classes, and History and Modern Studies lessons are delivered with themes of politics, poverty, suffragettes and societal topics. Displays themed around Children’s Rights, including Health and Wellbeing and Safety, have been proudly placed around Rossie to raise awareness of Child Rights across the organisation.
Rossie’s RRSA coordinator, Robyn, who facilitated the achievement of both the Bronze, which was attained in December 2018, and the Silver Award said: “We are delighted to have been accredited with the Silver Award; the young people worked extremely hard to ensure everyone within the organisation were rights aware. The commitment and enthusiasm has been outstanding!”
We are now on our journey to achieve the Gold Award!