Medway School bids for UNICEF Children’s Rights Award

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News from Medway Council website

A Medway school is putting children’s rights first as it bids to achieve an international award.

Brompton-Westbrook primary school in Gillingham is teaching its pupils the importance of children’s rights under a United Nations Children’s Fund scheme.

A steering group of pupils and governors has already held assemblies, shared information at the school summer fair and published articles in the school newsletter.

This has led to the school receiving recognition of its commitment from UNICEF as it starts working towards level 1 of the award.

The steering group has also carried out fact finding sessions to establish what the children already knew, and what they wanted to do next for the award.

Sue Mason, Acting Head of School, said: “We are delighted to achieve our ‘Recognition of Commitment’ status for the

Rights Respecting Schools award from UNICEF.
“The voice of the child is very important to Brompton-Westbrook as is understanding more about international human rights. The steering group are now ready to plan towards level 1 of the award, and embed the learning into the new National Curriculum recommendations.”

Cllr Mike O’Brien, Medway Council Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is very important these days that children understand each other’s rights as it helps them to learn respect for one another.

“I am very pleased that Brompton-Westbrook primary school has chosen to pursue this UNICEF award. It will enhance their reputation if they can show they are a rights respecting school.”

For more details, go to www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa, email rrsa@unicef.org.uk or call 0207 375 6059.

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