Merkland School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of well-being. As part of our school’s aims to promote a positive school ethos, we are working towards gaining recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will support our ongoing target for each of our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others – their responsibilities.
Merkland School pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school community.
It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was printed and issued as a parental letter early 2018. We hope to continue to update this dedicated area of our school website, which will host lots of information about these rights and how we are promoting them across the school community.
We really hope that you will feel able to support us and your child in working towards our goal of formally becoming a ‘Rights Respecting School’. We would love for you to become involved.
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.