Children at St Anne’s Primary School in Derry were congratualated by the deputy First Minister today as the school achieved its ‘Level 2 Rights Respecting School’ status.
The Rights Respecting Schools initiative is run by UNICEF and recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.
St Anne’s has already attained Level one status and has now been assessed as successful at Level 2. There are 139 ‘Rights Respecting Schools’ in the North and only 14 have achieved Level 2.
Speaking at the event the deputy First Minister said: “Attaining the ‘Level Two Rights respecting Schools Award’ is a great achievement for St. Anne’s and the entire City.
“I congratulate Mrs Bradley, School Principal and everyone within the St. Anne’s community for their foresight in participating in such a worthwhile programme. To be in the presence of young people from my home city who are learning key life skills at such a young age is just brilliant. The pupils of St. Anne’s are a great source of hope and confidence for the future.
“Through listening to their teachers, classroom assistants and parents the young people of St. Anne’s will be ready to follow their dreams with confidence and respect. It has been a great pleasure to be here today and I commend and congratulate everyone at St. Anne’s. The children within St. Anne’s are already demonstrating healthy respect for themselves and for others. Through the involvement and energy of all our young people we can shape a society that is creative, inclusive and open to new possibilities.”
Also speaking at the event were Patricia Lewsley Mooney, the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People and p7 pupils Cormac McGinley and Blaithin Doherty who were involved in the School Council. The award was presented by David McGimpsey of UNICEF Northern Ireland and Anne-Marie Poyner of the Western Education and Library Board.