Presentation on theme: "About UNICEF. UNICEF was set up in 1946 as a response to the crisis in post war Europe. UNICEF is the world’s children’s rights organisation, working globally."— Presentation transcript:
About UNICEF. UNICEF was set up in 1946 as a response to the crisis in post war Europe. UNICEF is the world’s children’s rights organisation, working globally to help every child reach their full potential.
Why teach about Rights? …means learning about responsibilities. …is empowering for teachers and pupils alike. …is an active process of learning. …is a practical framework to teach children about being citizens. …reinforces values that teachers always insist upon in their schools.
Why teach Children’s Rights? Human rights cannot be taught in a vacuum. The UNCRC is the appropriate charter for children to learn about because it deals with their rights. The UNCRC is a set of universal values that your pupils share with every child in the world. The UNCRC provides a values framework for Citizenship and PHSE, the school’s ethos and rules.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Unanimously adopted by the United Nations on 20th November Ratified by 191 out of 193 countries. Each country reports back every 5 years.
What rights? Survival Rights: the child’s right to life and the fulfilment of their most basic needs, including food, shelter and access to health care and clean water. Development Rights: enable a child to reach their full potential, includes education and play, to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
What Rights? Protection Rights: require that children be protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Participation Rights: the freedom of expression, which allows children to take an active part in their communities and nations
The UK and the Convention. UK ratified on 16th December Reservations held in 2004: Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The UK government will not give all the rights set out under the UNCRC to children who are asylum seekers or refugees. Young offenders. The UK government does not feel that it is a position to ensure that all young people under 18 can be kept in custody (prison) separately from adults.
Teaching the Convention... ‘A breadth of effective learning opportunities:’ Activity learning Enquiry Discussion Participation Working together Making decisions Taking responsibility Reflecting on their experience