Hodge Hill Girls’ School receives prestigious UNICEF UK Award

 

We are delighted to announce that Hodge Hill Girls’ School has been awarded the Silver Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, UNICEF work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity they raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and they lobby and campaign to keep children safe. UNICEF UK also runs programmes in hospitals, with local authorities in the UK and in schools, which also includes supporting schools to become rights respecting through their acclaimed awards programme.

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. Silver is given to schools that make excellent progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum.

UNICEF works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured, and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens. 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.

We are extremely proud to have achieved silver and the positive impact that this has had on our school community. We extend our thanks to all the staff and pupils involved and of course to UNICEF UK for working with us and accrediting our school with the silver award. Putting children’s rights at the heart of all we do is essential to our school values and ethos. We will continue to work closely with UNICEF UK and actively promote and support children’s rights, our goal being to continue our rights respecting journey and work towards achieving the UNICEF UK gold award. For further information about UNICEF please visit www.unicef.org