This prestigious award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of its planning, policies, practice and ethos. The award means that Cadle is now officially a UNICEF Level 2 Rights Respecting School.
Cadle was commended by UNICEF for the way it has integrated the UNCRC into every aspect of school life. All pupils and staff at the school display an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC, with school initiatives, charters and lesson plans all promoting rights-respecting values.
Classroom rules have now been completely replaced by charters based on the UNCRC, with reference to articles and suggested behaviours that promote rights and responsibilities.
Each of the measures put in place has contributed to a positive learning ethos at the school, with an emphasis on mutual respect, global citizenship and pupil empowerment.
The Education Minister visited Cadle Primary today to meet staff and pupils and see out how their knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC and Rights Respecting has been applied across the school community.
The Minister said:
“Earlier this week, Wales observed Universal Children’s Day which promotes the welfare of children across the globe. Cadle Primary has shown its commitment to this cause by putting children’s rights at the very top of the school agenda.
“It is essential that every child in Wales understands that they have rights and responsibilities and knows that these rights and responsibilities apply everywhere and not just in school.
“Cadle Primary is helping to show the way by applying the UNCRC to all aspects of school life. To become a Level 2 Rights School is a fantastic achievement and I wish everyone at the school well as they continue to build on their excellent work.”
Anita Tiessen, UNICEF UK’s Deputy Executive Director, added:
“We are delighted to be able to recognise the achievement of Cadle Primary School in putting children’s rights at the heart of the school community. The UNCRC is integral both strategically and in practice and the whole school community at Cadle Primary act as ambassadors for children’s rights locally, nationally and globally.”
In May this year Wales became the first country in the UK, and one of only a few countries in the world, to enshrine the UNCRC into domestic law with the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011.
Cadle Primary School is one of 81 schools across 15 local authorities in Wales that are working with UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Programme to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of the school community.