Rights Respecting Schools:. Workshop Series. Workshop 1. Children’s Rights and Education. Welcome. Please find materials at your table to create a name plate. Thank you for helping me to learn your names. Then take a minute to fill in the Five-Minute Reflection . . Congratulations! .
Children’s Rights and Education
Congratulations for the commitment your school has made to children’s rights and rights respecting education through your enthusiasm for the Rights Respecting Schools initiative.
Let’s get learning!
“When you are talking people listen to you and they don’t interrupt. They give you the right to speak up.”
Daniella, Grade 5 , Cape Horn
Rights Respecting Schools use the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a framework for educational improvement
that aims to transform
the whole learning environment with a consistent, rights-based approach.
Cape Horn Elementary School
Canada’s First Rights Respecting School
Educational policies, practices and decisions are all made in the best interest of the child
Children’s rights are fulfilled and protected in Canadian schools
to become an
Children’s Rights Team is formed
Staff and parents undergo professional development training
Children’s Rights Team develops the RRS Action Plan
School implements the RRS Action Plan
School repeats the Admin Survey, Student Focus Groups, Staff Survey
Each and every right has been deemed equally important for the full realization of a person’s dignity.
Human rights are indivisible.No one right can be denied or compromised to uphold another.
Right to life and to have your most basic needs met (for example: shelter, nutrition, medical treatment).
Rights that allow you to reach your fullest potential (for example: education, play and leisure, cultural activities).
Rights that allow you to take an active role in your community (for example: the freedom to express opinions, to join associations).
Rights that protect you from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation (for example: protection against involvement in armed conflict and child labour).
Survival Rights – Be Healthy
Development Rights – Be Yourself
Participation Rights – Be Heard
Protection Rights – Be Safe
Source: Covell, K., and Howe, B. Empowering Children: Children’s Rights Education as a Pathway to Citizenship, Toronto: University of Toronto Press Incorporated (2005), 13.