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OutRight Campaign- 20.11.17

OutRight is Unicef UK’s annual schools’ campaign that empowers children and young people to speak out about the importance of children’s rights. A campaign for children, by children, OutRight is a celebration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the anniversary of which falls on 20 November, World Children’s Day. OutRight 2017 focuses on promoting and protecting the rights of unaccompanied refugee children.

Pupils are encouraged to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Learn about the impact of the refugee crisis on children’s right to protection and right to family reunification, through activities that encourage empathy and understanding
  • Express their views on children’s rights to their local community and to their local MP.

In supoprt of this, on November 20th (World Children's Day) UNICEF club are leading an assembly about children's rights and the Outrightcampaign. All classes will complete 2 activities before the assembly so that the children have some understanding already about what they can do to try and support this great cause.

The two main articles we will be focussed on are;

Article 10 (Family reunification): governments must respond quickly and sympathetically if a child or their parents apply to live together in the same country. If a child’s family members live in different countries the child has the right to visit and keep in contact with them.

Article 22 (Refugee children): if a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention. Governments must help refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.

We think that OutRight empowers children and young people to speak out and stand up for their rights and the rights of other children and young people.

The Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award

Here at St Thomas More we are happy to say that we have achieved the Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Schools Award in June 2017 after lots of hard work.

The Level 1 Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in our four standards and in our Expected Outcomes at Level 1.

Well done to all of our pupils, expecially the UNICEF ambassadors, as they have made this achievement possible!

Achieving Level 1 means there is evidence:

  • your school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
  • you are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Level 1 Audit and Action Plan which you submitted to get your ROC.
  • you are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children, young people and staff, and also on the school’s  ethos, practice and environment
  • you are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout  your school community
  • children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights locally and globally.

Miss Smith our UNICEF leader

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