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Unicef Rights Respecting

Welcome to Burntwood’s UNICEF Rights Respecting School Page

The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential.

Burntwood School is very proud to be one of only two Secondary Schools in London (and one of only 20 Secondary Schools in the United Kingdom) to have been awarded the highest level of the Rights Respecting School award: Level 2. This recognition comes after years of work raising awareness of children’s rights, having held the Level 1 award since 2009. Our student ambassadors give tirelessly of their time one lunch time every week, this last academic year having written and delivered numerous assemblies to Burntwood students and three local Primary Schools; delivered a training session to Professionals from Merton and Wandsworth Borough on LGBTQ issues; hosted external speakers; collected and organised over a thousand toys to give to children visiting the Evelina Children’s Hospital; given a presentation to school governors; contributed to staff training sessions on the UN CRC in lessons and helped to raise over £7,000. All of our collective Rights Respecting work has improved the lives of children around the globe and raised awareness of children who have not been allowed to exercise their rights.

Every classroom and office has a Burntwood UNICEF charter to remind our whole community of our commitment to children’s rights.

 

 

In the last year, our Rights Respecting Burntwood community has been busy helping children and raising awareness of children’s rights here and across the globe.

We look forward to continuing to work with our local and global communities to further improve the lives of children who are not able to exercise their rights as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Autumn Term 2016

Delivered a Whole School Assembly to raise awareness of children’s rights. 

Article 42 (knowledge of rights)

Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the convention.

 

 

Filled hundreds of boxes with toys to send to Ghanaian children to enable them to receive a Christmas gift.

Article 31: (Leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

 

 

 Visited our Moroccan link school, Ait Youl, to see the toilet block that       Burntwood raised £1,500 to build for its students.  

Article 24: (Health and health services)

Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy.

 

Attended workshops at the “What’s Happening for the Young?” conference at London’s Southbank.

Article 12 (respect for the views of the child)

Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.

 

Spring Term 2017

Delivered LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) training to Merton and Wandsworth professionals.

Article 2 (non-discrimination)

The convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.

 

Wrote and delivered an assembly to Beatrix Potter Primary School about refugee Children.

Article 22 (refugee children)

If a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the convention.

 

Collected and delivered over 1,000 toys to the Evelina Children’s Hospital

 Article 31: (Leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

 

Learnt about FGM and wrote to the Uncut Girls club to show their support.

Article 19 (protection from violence, abuse and neglect)

Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment form their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

 

Delivered whole school assemblies for LGBT History Month and International Women’s Day.

Article 2 (non-discrimination)

The convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.

 

 

Attended a Youth empowerment event along with 12,000 other young volunteers at Wembley Arena with stars including Kate Winslett, Conor Maynard, Jessie J and The Vamps.

 Article 42 (knowledge of rights)

Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the convention.

 

Summer Term 2017

 

 Wrote and delivered an assembly to Earlsfield Primary School on Children’s Rights.

Article 42 (knowledge of rights)

Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the convention.

 

 

Wrote and delivered an assembly to Southmead Primary School on Children’s Rights, followed by two workshops for their UNICEF Ambassadors.

Article 42 (knowledge of rights)

Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the convention. 

 

Collected over £200 for Ms Farrenson and Mr Viggiani to get gunged for UNICEF.

Article 6 (life, survival and development)

Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.

 

 

 

Hosted a workshop run by the WE organisation that supports volunteering in the community.

Article 13 (freedom of expression)

Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

 

                                     

 

Every week Burntwood UNICEF Ambassadors give up their time to forward the rights of children here and across the globe.

Article 42 (knowledge of rights)

Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the convention.