“Creating a world that is truly fit for children does not imply simply the absence of war. …. It means changing the world with children, ensuring their right to participate, and that their views are heard and considered. It means building a world fit for children, where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity."
- Carol Bellamy
The academy works with UNICEF to promote the United Nations convention on the rights of the child. The United Nations convention on the rights of the child is the most widely ratified treaty in the world and outlines the rights that every person under the age of 18 is entitled to.
We have a ‘Rights Respecting School’ steering committee and take part in the annual UNICEF ‘Outright’ Campaign. This year, student members of the steering committee delivered assemblies on unaccompanied child refugees and students had the opportunity to write to the Home Secretary and local MP Amber Rudd to ask her to protect the rights of unaccompanied, child refugees.
Other actions that have taken place include democracy week where students voted for someone from each tutor group to represent them at the student parliament, a presentation to Amber Rudd MP to persuade her to speak to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on behalf of UNICEF to ask that the UK sign up to the ‘Safe Schools declaration’ and the creation of an ‘Academy Charter’ based on the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.
Students have created a film to promote the rights of the child outlined in the charter and this will be available to view soon.