National award for pupils on children’s rights

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Pupils at Awsworth Primary School are celebrating after scooping a national award.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry presented children with the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award last week.

Headteacher, Jane Mainprize said: “I’m really proud of the efforts of all the pupils and the staff which led to the achievement of the award.”

The school has been undertaking work over the past year which has focussed on the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, which is a list of rights that all children, everywhere in the world, have.

The rights are all the things that children and young people need to make sure that they are healthy, happy and safe.

Mrs Mainprize added: “Teaching pupils in the school about the rights, which apply to all children globally, was really important to encourage them to understand and respect their place in the wider world in the hope that they can make a difference to others for whom achieving their rights is not so easy.”

Children were given the award during a special assembly.

A group of children showcased a dance and different classes talked about different children’s rights they had been learning about, such as the right to relax and play and the right to good food and water and to see a doctor if you are ill.

A UNICEF co-ordinator said: “RRSA offers a more positive approach and encourages mutual respect and empowers children.

“Developing a rights-respecting approach in the school is a mindset, it’s not to do with time.”