We’re here to support you.
Following the global spread of the Coronavirus, schools have been forced to close – putting at risk children’s rights to education, nutrition and protection. Unicef is here to help children, parents and you, teachers, in the UK in every way we can.
What you can do now
- Check out our free resources below on how to help children and young people learn about rights. Many of these activities can be adapted to take place at home, in some instances with a little adaption.
- Join our online community of Rights Respecting teachers and share what is working, what doesn’t and the challenges you are facing.
- Share your thoughts on what might be useful for schools like yours at this time and let us know if there is any way in which we can support your further.
What to expect from us
As schools across the UK close, we will be scaling back our face-to-face training and assessments until further notice.
We will continue to deliver online training to registered schools and provide resources to aid teaching and learning about rights.
We recognise that the challenges facing schools and children in the UK during this period are considerable and unique. Over the coming weeks and months will be exploring how we can further support you during this period.
Resources for remote rights learning
Assembly - examples from the RRSA community
From the RRSA Community: The English Schools Foundation Sha Tin Junior School in Hong Kong have have mixed rights learning with segments where children share clips of their work at home, school news and even some dancing from the teachers towards the end.
From the RRSA Community: Teacher Sadie Frost from Clyst Vale Community College, a Silver secondary school in Devon, has shared this excellent assembly. Whilst Clyst Vale is a secondary school this deck could be used by primary schools with a little adaption. As always please review the material yourself before using with you pupils.
Know Your Rights - downloadable activity pack
This downloadable workbook and teachers pack contains a series of materials to help children learn about rights. The pack is aimed at children aged 11 to 12, but with minor adaptions could be used with younger or older age groups.
Voices of Youth - studying at home page
Voices of Youth from UNICEF is a global community for young people to learn about development issues (such as Environment, Education, Human Rights, etc.) and to express their opinions. The pages on Studying at Home share the experiences of children around the world who are studying in isolation due to Covid-19. Students can share their experience with Voices of Youth through their blog and on Instagram through the hashtag #voicesofyouth. There are also tips for students studying at home.
Kahoot! – online rights game
Kahoot! is a digital platform that uses games and quizzes to teach children and young people about rights.
World's Largest Lesson - activities and lessons
Sign up to Unicef’s partner, World’s Largest Lesson, for emails and social channels for regular activities and lesson ideas centred around the Global Goals. There are comics and animated films on their website too – all with a Global Goals theme to help children keep focused on the wider world out there.
Assemblies - ideas and examples
Keep assemblies going online through online video platforms. If you are looking for rights-based assembly ideas look at our primary and secondary assemblies. The English Foundation Primary School in Hong Kong have an interesting example of how they have involved children in a virtual rights-focused assembly whilst the school has been closed.
Youth Advocacy Toolkit - downloadable activity pack
This toolkit helps young people design their own advocacy campaign and take action on local or national issues. The toolkit is downloadable and provides a scheme of work that links to Strand C of the RRSA Outcomes Framework.
PE with Joe - live workouts
Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is hosting LIVE workouts at 9am Monday to Friday on his YouTube channel for children of all ages. These work outs are a great way to make sure that children are active and enjoying their rights to Article 24, health, and Article 31, play. Knowing that parents are going to be under pressure, 30 minutes a day he can take over and inspire and energise your children to get active, bounce around and have fun. You can even join in!
Child Friendly CRC Icons - card game ideas
In 2019, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention, UNICEF have developed a child-friendly CRC text and icons for each of the main articles.
Children participated in the development of the child-friendly text and icons via a global Children’s Advisory Team set up by Child Rights Connect. UNICEF developed the icons as a contribution to global child rights education and advocacy efforts.
A page of card game activities have been developed to use alongside the CRC text and icons.
Colour Your Rights - rights colouring book
This children’s rights themed colouring pdf book is perfect for early years and can be done with minimal supervision. Let children relax with their crayons while learning a little something about children’s rights.
Online Training - professional development courses
Our online training courses are here to support you and your school to embed, enhance and maintain Rights Respecting practice into every aspect of school life.
We have a course for schools at all stages of the Award, from starting at the beginning and learning about children’s rights, to providing you with guidance and tools to strengthen your journey.
So that you can continue your Rights Respecting work whilst schools are closed, our online training courses are free for all adults at participating schools during this time.
To get access, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your school and the online course you’d like access to.