Spires Integrated Primary School in Magherafelt is to be awarded the Gold Award Rights Respecting School achievement by Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.
The Gold Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are only 17 schools in Northern Ireland that have received the Gold Award.
Mrs Joan Bell, principal of Spires IPS said: “We are immensely proud of our children and the whole school community on this great achievement. Mrs Murray, RRS Co-ordinator effectively leads this area and I wish to thank her and all staff, children and Governors for their enthusiasm and commitment to the UNICEF programme”.
She highlighted how an awareness of their rights has enhanced the children’s learning experiences and embellished their understanding of living in a diverse society. The focus on their rights is central to the aims and objectives of Integrated Education.
The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.