School’s step in the rights direction

Pupils with teacher Martin McLaughlin head teacher Margaret Brady.
Pupils with teacher Martin McLaughlin head teacher Margaret Brady.

Viewpark’s St John Paul Primary is celebrating after being named a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

The award is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation.

UNICEF conducted a full assessment during a visit to the school, interviewing staff and pupils, including 10 children who are Rights Ambassadors. This resulted in a Level 1 award being presented.

Teacher Martin McLauglin, the project co-ordinator, said: “All pupils and staff are aware of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and use this across the curriculum and as a means of promoting positive behaviour throughout the school.”

Among other aims, the award seeks to improve pupils’ self esteem, attainment and attendance.