25 June 2014

Jersey's first UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School welcomed Jersey Ministers and UNICEF UK Deputy Director Anita Tiessen on Tuesday 24 June to celebrate the extension of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to Jersey.

Grouville School is the first school in Jersey to achieve UNICEF UK's Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award. The Level 1 Award recognises strong commitment to putting children's rights at the heart of a school's culture, practice and policy.

To celebrate their award as well as the extension of the UNCRC to Jersey, pupils and staff at Grouville held a special assembly and workshops on children's rights. Jersey Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst and UNICEF UK's Anita Tiessen both addressed the school, welcoming the government's commitment to the rights of children in Jersey.


Deputy headteacher Maria Stegenwalner said that staff and pupils at the school had been working with the rights since 2010. She said: "We are really excited that the extension of the rights to Jersey is being celebrated at Grouville. Our children enjoy learning about their rights, and are becoming really good at thinking about how they will work in a practical context."

The extension of the UNCRC commits the States of Jersey to protecting and upholding children's rights and to being assessed by the United Nations on its progress. Senator Gorst said: "This is a very significant development. Extension of the Convention provides the States of Jersey with a framework within which we can consider the extent to which our laws, policies and services protect and empower children and young people."

Read the States of Jersey's press release
Read more about UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award

Jersey's child-friendly UNCRC poster States of Jersey/2014
Jersey’s child-friendly version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child States of Jersey/2014