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On Friday 6th February, Ynysfach Primary School, the first Rights Respecting Primary School in Neath Port Talbot will host a Celebration of their new status and children’s rights. The Deputy Leader of NPT Council – Cllr. Peter Rees, Cllr. Des Davies, Chair of LLAN – Gwilym Jones, Head of Partnerships – Chris Millis and UNICEF’s Sarah Hooke will be in attendance. The pupils will host an assembly on Children’s Rights and Observation Learning Walk to show the visitors some of the brilliant things achieved by the pupils, staff and governors.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of its planning, policies, practice and ethos.

The children’s rights are now a prominent feature of the school with the school mascot ’Richard the Rights Respecting Rainbow Fish’ promoting these rights. The pupils have gained a good knowledge of how life is so different for so many children around the world. Their empathy, tolerance and attitudes towards others has developed since the school has been involved with the UNICEF programme.
Ynysfach was commended by UNICEF for the way it has integrated the UNCRC into every aspect of school life. All pupils and staff at the school display an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC, with school initiatives, charters and lesson plans all promoting rights-respecting values.

The Neath Port Talbot Children’s Rights Unit has been supporting Ynysfach and an additional 14 Schools in Neath Port Talbot through the process of registering, training and developing a Children’s Rights Ethos in order to become Rights Respecting Schools.

9 February 2015