Scottish school children learn about their rights with the Child Rights Launchpad
Last week, I was up in the north of Scotland recording children for Child Rights Launchpad – an interactive website for children in Scotland to learn about their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). I met with eight excitable and enthusiastic school children aged between nine and 10 at Lochardil Primary School in Inverness who have been reading content from the Launchpad website aloud to contribute to the site’s audio function, Talk to Me.
The children were keen to tell me about what they thought of the resource. One pupil, Ewan, explained that Launchpad has helped him understand which rights he has as a child and how he had many more rights than he first thought. “There are tons of rights to choose from and Launchpad is really easy to follow,” he said. Agreeing with Ewan’s observations, Neeve said, “We understand our rights better now after using Launchpad – especially internet safety.”
After spending a few hours with this energetic group of children it was clear that the children thoroughly enjoy using Launchpad. Its impact on their understanding, engagement and knowledge of rights was confirmed by their class teacher, Mrs Murray, who told me how Launchpad is helping the children understand wider concepts like religion and mutual respect. It also contributes to the children’s understanding of how children enjoy their rights in different parts of the world.
When asked which of the articles they had covered in class they liked best, there was a flurry of diverging viewpoints among the children. Neeve preferred Article 17, the right to access information: “We should be able to know that we are having the right information,” she said. “And I liked looking at bias.” Ewan thought that the right to freedom of association, Article 15, was best and he said, “It makes a fair point; you get to make your own friends just like I made my own friends when I was in nursery”. While opinions may have differed on favourite UNCRC rights, there was one opinion that the children were unanimous on: “Launchpad is a lot of fun!”
Do you know any children or young people in Scotland? Why not let them know about Launchpad!