We were invited to take part in the second annual celebration of Rights Respecting School. Children from schools across Birmingham came together at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre today to celebrate children’s rights and share their knowledge of the UNCRC.
Our children have been embedding their learning about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – and how they can implement these values in their daily lives. Through Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools Award, we promote knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout our school community so children and young people understand their rights and the rights of others, and become active citizens within their community.
Our Unicef Pupil Leaders performed an amazing rap linking the rights to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in front of an esteemed audience, including the Executive Director for Unicef, Ofsted Inspectors and the Lord Mayoress of Birmingham.
Executive Director for Unicef UK, Mike Penrose, spoke at the celebration, along with representatives from Birmingham City Council.
He said: “Birmingham's support and involvement in the Rights Respecting Schools Award and children’s rights is exemplary. The city leads the way in child rights education in England. It has been fantastic to see the difference that children’s rights has made to the young people of Birmingham. The passion that that young people have shown during this event has been inspiring and should be an example to other schools and cities across the country.”
Councillor Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture said: “Human rights are fundamental and this includes children’s rights so it is wonderful to see our young people so passionate about their rights and respecting others. They are so keen to help others learn about children’s rights and why they are so important. Birmingham is a national leader in this area, it is fantastic to see so many schools getting involved and we will continue to support every school that wants to take part. Well done to everyone involved.”