January 6, 2016 | 2 Comments
Following on from Mr Feasey’s assembly on Monday, our parliament met today to consider the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We discussed all 42 articles in the UN Convention and decided whether or not to include it in the Bader Convention on the Rights of the Child that we wanted to create. We decided that the Bader Convention should be something that is special to school and not include those things that we do not have control over, e.g. UN Convention Article 35: Governments must ensure that children are not abducted or sold.
We agreed 13 Articles. They are:
Every child in our school has all the rights in the Convention.
The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
Every child has the right to reliable information from school. This should be information that children can understand. School must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
School must do all they can to make sure that all children feel protected and safe in and around school.
A child with a disability or special needs has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the school community. School must do all they can to provide support to disabled children and children with special needs..
Every child has the right to an education. Discipline in school must respect children’s dignity.
Our school curriculum must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of people in our school.
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
School should make the Convention known to all children and adults in the school community.
We then designed a poster and are going to have it printed on large boards and displayed in areas of the school where they will be seen by all children and adults in our school community.
We are going to introduce the Bader Convention on the Rights of the Child to the whole school in Monday’s assembly. Each member of Parliament will read out one of the articles and then say why parliament decided it was important to include in our Convention.