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RRSA Silver Award
We are delighted that we have recently been awarded UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Sliver Award (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 children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school and the wider community. The Award recognises that St Joseph’s Primary School has embedded the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into the heart of the school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.
The School Council and Eco Committee have played a key role in leading this aspect of the school’s work. They have met with a number of visitors, including the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People, and shared with them the ways in which we try to ensure everyone is treated fairly in St Joseph’s.
The School Council and Eco Committee also led a number of assemblies during which they informed the other children about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and of the steps we all could take to make the world a fairer place. This included promoting charity work and reinforcing the school’s work to protect the natural environment. The children were encouraged to understand that if each of us seeks to reduce, reuse and recycle, then together we help to protect the Earth’s natural resources. The children also explored how increasing levels of pollution can contribute to climate change and the impact that this could have on vulnerable communities in other parts of the world.
The UNICEF assessor was pleased to note that the children covered topics such ‘Fair Trade’, ‘Eco Warriors’ and, through our work with Trocaire, began to explore the issue of displacement of people from their homes as a result of wars, famine and drought.
The photograph shows some of the children who met with the UNICEF assessor proudly display the RRSA Silver Award certificate.