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Rights Respecting Schools

The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a UNICEF initiative that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools. The programme involves working with schools to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured, and they are able to thrive.

The Award recognises the achievement of a school in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

There are three levels of award:

  • Bronze: Rights Committed
  • Silver: Rights Aware
  • Gold: Rights Respecting

Given the positive impact the Award has been shown to have on schools, in July of 2018 the Children’s Commissioner offered all schools in Jersey support to progress through the Award.

Since this support was made available there are now 35 schools, across primary and secondary, working towards either bronze, silver or gold. It is hoped that by 2020 all of the Island’s schools will have signed up.

Grouville School Achieves Gold

In March 2019 Grouville School achieved the gold level award becoming a Rights Respecting School. This is what they had to say about their ‘Gold Day’ celebrations:

“Grouville had a fantastic day, dressed in gold, celebrating our Gold Rights Respecting Achievement. The day started with a special assembly with very important guests who joined us to celebrate our achievement. Sam Mezec, the Children’s Minister, presented us with a certificate and a banner and Deborah McMillan, the Children’s Commissioner, presented the Rights Respecting Ambassadors with their new badges. The celebrations continued with the children mixing up to enjoy some special activities, a golden bag lunch and a golden cupcake! It was a very proud day for all at Grouville School!"

What does achieving gold mean?

Achieving Gold: Rights Respecting means there is evidence that:

  • The school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture

  • Children, young people and adults in the school have a thorough understanding of child rights and rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school

  • Rights Respecting Schools Award has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing

  • Students see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad.