Rights Respecting School — an email from Frances Bestley

The holiday season can be a tough time for many. From children in Yemen, who Unicef are supporting this winter to those living in places closer to home.  We know 2018 has been a difficult year for many schools. Budgets continue to be cut, staff workloads are increasing and it can feel that too often schools are expected to make up the shortfall where other services are unavailable. Against this back drop we are amazed at the difference you are making for children in the UK. In 2018 we have seen 26 schools reaccredited at Gold, 84 schools reach Gold for the first time, 284 schools reach Silver and 483 schools reach Bronze. And we have seen 574 schools take that all-important first step and register for the Award.

We are inspired by the commitment and dedication we see from ordinary teachers delivering the very best for each and every child, empowering them with knowledge of their rights to grow into active, engaged, confident global citizens.

Thank you for your hard work this year. We look forward to working with you to deliver more change for children in 2019.Best wishes, Frances Bestley – Programme Director, RRSA

Thank you to our Rights Respecting Ambassadors for all their hard work this term. We are looking forward to the coming term and the opportunity to visit  other Rights Respecting Schools.

Global Learning: GLOBAL GOAL 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

To find out more about Goal 14 and other Sustainable Development Goals visit: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

Did you know?

Two decades ago, a deep sea submersible descended into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. In the middle of the Western Pacific, at a depth of 10,988 metres, it encountered a lone plastic bag. Scientists believe it’s the world’s deepest known piece of plastic rubbish. And it will take 400 to 1,000 years to disintegrate.

We need to look after our world!