20 February 2014

Welsh actor and UNICEF UK supporter Michael Sheen visited Hafod Primary School in Swansea yesterday to hear from pupils and teachers how they’ve put children’s rights at the heart of their school.

Back in December 2010, Hafod was the first school in Wales to be presented with the UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting School (RRS) Level 2 Award. The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade granted by UNICEF UK and recognises achievement in putting children's rights at the heart of the school and encouraging pupils to respect the rights of their classmates.

Taking time out of his busy schedule, Michael was able to see first hand the impact of UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting School programme in Wales. He was also given a guided tour of the school by pupils, who talked to him about what makes their school special.

"I'm delighted to be here and to see the great work Hafod Primary has done in bringing children’s rights to the forefront of the school’s ethos," Michael said. "I’ve seen some of the amazing work UNICEF does around the world but seeing the positive impact here in my home country of Wales is particularly special. Everyone involved, especially the children, deserve our admiration and praise."

Rachael Webb, headteacher at Hafod Primary School, said: "I'm really proud we were able to show Michael around Hafod school. He seemed impressed and I know the children were very pleased to meet him. They showed him around and explained how a rights-respecting school like ours means children are aware of their own rights, and each others, leading to a more harmonious school and a stronger community."

Stage and screen actor Sheen is best known for his roles as Tony Blair in The Queen, David Frost in Frost/Nixon and Aro in Twilight. Michael started supporting UNICEF UK in 2010 when he took part in that year's Soccer Aid.

Read more about Michael and his work for UNICEF.

Actor and UNICEF UK Supporter Michael Sheen at RRS school © UNICEF UK/2014/Dan Green
Actor and UNICEF UK Supporter Michael Sheen with Scott, 11, and Maisie, 9, during his visit to Hafod Primary School in Swansea.© UNICEF UK/2014/Dan Green