Falkland House School in Fife, which specialises in the education of boys who require additional learning support, has been awarded a top United Nations award and become one of the first independent schools in Scotland to receive the accolade.
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children, working in over 190 countries and is the largest global organisation working specifically for children and their rights.
The CRC is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines specific children’s rights in international law. These rights define universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide no matter who they are or where they live – to grow up safe, happy and healthy.
A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. The whole school learns about the CRC as well as empowering children to become active citizens and learners.
Children and young people in rights-respecting schools develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.
The award follows on the back of the school being awarded nine Excellents and one Very Good by the Care Inspectorate last month, making Falkland House the highest rated educational establishment of its type across Scotland.
Falkland House School care worker, Maj Yule, who co-ordinated the scheme for the school said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Falkland House School has been awarded this UNICEF accolade, following so quickly on from being judged Excellent by the Care Inspectorate in nine out of ten categories. This UNICEF award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff here at Falkland House, enshrining the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our ethos and empowering the pupils to be active citizens and learners with a strong sense of the need to act for global justice.”