WE Day is an opportunity of bringing people together from around the world and learning about other people’s stories of inspiration, struggle and hardship. We hosted our school WE Day this year with a theme on children's rights. Our children and parents were privileged to learn from some inspirational figures from around the world including a refugee from Iran who spoke passionately about human rights.
Human rights are the basic standards that people need to live in dignity. All human beings are entitled to enjoy human rights. Human rights exist to make sure that we are treated properly and fairly, and given the freedom to develop to our full potential, and to promote our wellbeing. In addition to the rights that are available to all people, there are rights that apply only to children. Children need special rights because of their unique needs – they need additional protection that adults don’t. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international document that sets out all of the rights that children have.
Our school choir also performed on stage and inspired our parents to believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in your communities.
Young poet, radio presenter and role model for youth empowerment, Hafsah Mehmood, performed her spoken word poetry that challenged young people to act with intention, and lead with compassion and the conviction that together we can transform lives locally and globally.
Motivational speaker Carl Konadu energised the audience with a powerful speech about believing in yourself. Carl is passionate about youth development and has worked with the Safer London Foundation and the British Youth Council as an ambassador and trustee, working towards bettering the lives of young people through building links with decision makers. He gave a very motivational speech in which he inspired children to aim high in life and achieve their potential.
WE Day challenges children to identify the issues that spark their passion and create the change they want to see. By taking action on one local and one global issue, children develop the leadership skills to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens. In short: ready to be not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also leaders today.
Some of our teachers shared their inspirational stories...