A LOCAL primary is the first school in Moray to gain an award for promoting children’s rights.
Pupils at Anderson’s spent almost 18 months working towards Level One of the Rights Respecting School Award run by international children’s charity, UNICEF.
Moray Council director of education and social care, Laurence Finlay, was delighted to present the award during a special assembly at the school.
He said: “This is a great achievement for Anderson’s. Rights Respecting Schools is a programme a number of Moray schools are engaging with, highlighting children’s rights. The Anderson’s pupils clearly did a huge amount of work and their understanding of rights was awe-inspiring. Well done to all the staff and friends of the school for their input – it really is a great achievement for all.”
The pupils drew their inspiration from a play entitled The Rights of the Child which a visiting theatre group performed in front of the whole school.
Led by the pupil council, the children learned about human rights and a range of international issues such as child exploitation and took part in a number of projects based on the rights of children.
Officials from UNICEF visited the school where they met pupils and staff and assessed the work that had been done on promoting children’s rights.
Head teacher Maureen Mooney confirmed everyone at Anderson’s was delighted to be able to say they were part of a Rights Respecting School.
She said: “The children have enjoyed the journey and have learned a huge amount about their own rights and the rights of others.
“Staff have also observed a number of whole school benefits and they are consistently referring to rights during teaching and learning and in supporting individuals and groups of children.
“Overall the ethos of the school is one of respect and everybody feels safe, happy and able to learn when they come to school.”