At Newtowne School we have begun a conversation about Children’s Rights.
Thanks to those of you who participated in our classroom surveys this fall, when we asked you to think about your own childhood and how children inspire you. Your feedback and involvement allows us to continue our conversation. We aim to embrace this new year by paying closer attention to how we are supporting children’s rights within our classrooms, our policies and our best practice. We hope to further engage the children in the conversation to identify their rights within their classroom, their school and their community. As a community, we aim to reflect on the efforts we are making to improve the lives of children in our world, and to wonder–
“What are our wishes for the children of our future?”
Please enjoy this video as a reflection of the first part of our conversation at Newtowne School.
Some background about Children’s Rights:
The UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Negotiated by adult citizens around the globe, the UNCRC guarantees children civil and political as well as economic, social, and cultural rights: ‘…Children are the future leaders of their societies. The future engines of their national economies. The future parents and protectors of the next generation. When we protect their rights, we are not only preventing their suffering. We are not only safeguarding their lives. We are protecting our common future. ‘