Staff and pupils from Saint Paul’s Primary and Nursery School, Slievemore, are celebrating after receiving the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award.
This prestigious award recognizes that the school respects the rights of all children as stated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Principal Catrina McFeely explained that the whole school community is committed to the aims of the UNCRC which is embedded in the school ethos.
“The children learn about their rights in the classroom and recognize the rights of others through agreed school and classroom charters,” she added.
“They learn about leadership and have their voice heard through class and school councils.
“They reach out to the children of the world by learning about global issues affecting them, discussing how their rights are being denied and taking action e.g. through educating others, advocating for equality and fundraising.
“This award is the result of two years’ teamwork from the staff in the school. Mrs McCay the previous principal introduced it and I took up the baton when I became principal last year.
“The whole school community is to be congratulated on their vision for this innovative programme which has our children at the centre.”
David McGimpsey UNICEF Education Officer NI said: “It was clear to the assessors during the visit that everyone at the school places the rights respecting ethos at the centre of the school community. The impact of RRSA can be seen throughout the school.”
Children in Crossfire founder Richard Moore who visited the school to congratulate staff and pupils, said: “There is a lovely family atmosphere here in St Paul’s and I want to congratulate the children on achieving this prestigious award.
“Children in Crossfire puts children’s rights at the heart of all we do and it is great to know that children here in St Paul’s appreciate what they have and know about protecting the rights of all children, no matter what their colour or creed is.”