Introducing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Children do not lose their human rights by virtue of passing through the school gates.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award and the UNCRC
The award support schools to embed the Convention in their practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people to realise their potential.
The award takes a whole-school approach to child rights and human rights education. Child Rights Education (CRE) can be defined as learning about rights, learning through rights and learning for rights within an overall context of education as a right.
It aims to build the capacity of children and young people as rights-holder to claim their rights, and the capacity of adults as duty bearers to fulfil their obligations. Child Rights Education helps adults, children and young people to work together, providing the space and encouragement for the meaningful participation and sustained civic engagement of children and young people.