Pupils promote worldwide respect
7:30am Saturday 24th March 2012 in Your Say
A school is aiming to promote respect for children around the world after being recognised by Unicef.
The Link Primary School, in Beddington, has been awarded Unicef's level 1 Rights Respecting School Award.
Assessors from the world's leading organisation on children and children's rights spent a full day at the school on Croydon Road last week.
The charity quizzed teachers, parents and pupils about what it meant to respect the rights of children.
Beverley Dixon, Head Teacher said "I am so proud to be leading a school that has such strong beliefs and values and whose pupils have a voice that can be heard and who are given every opportunity to have their opinions taken into account".
"Children should have a voice and the right to be heard and actually listened to."
"We have a young pupil who has severe communication problems. He explained, using his communication book, how every child has the right to clean water. It was Wonderful. Everyone is taking the ethos on board."
Every classroom is adorned with the schools charter, including things like look after the environment and respecting elders.
"We want to promote positive behaviour as well as getting the pupils to think about how other children around the world."
Mrs Dixon said pupils have written to a school in the Congo to learn about their experiences.
Alfie Schendel, a pupil in Class six said: "All schools should be rights respecting."