Rights Respecting School
The Howard School is proud to have achieved the Rights Respecting Schools Award at Gold Level, the only secondary school in Kent and Medway to gain this prestigious award, and one of only a handful of schools in Britain that have been reaccredited at this highest level. Gold: Rights Respecting is the highest level of the Award and is granted to schools that have fully embedded the principles of the Convention into their ethos and curriculum.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:
- to survive as a fit and healthy person
- to be protected from harm and abuse
- to develop physically, mentally and socially
- to participate as an active citizen
UNICEF UK believes that the principles and values of the CRC should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of every school. This is the purpose of the Rights Respecting School Award.
UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) provides a framework to help schools to use CRC as the basis for their ethos. In a rights respecting school, children learn about their rights and the responsibilities that are implied. Children learn to associate rights with needs and distinguish between their rights and ‘wants’. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others.