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The Mount Stewart Schools

Rights Respecting School

We are Rights Respecting Schools 

It is an exciting time at Mount Stewart Schools.  We have achieved the Unicef RRSA Silver Award in the Federated Schools in 2021 and are working towards the Gold Award! 

There are four general principles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  They are:

  • Non-discrimination (Article 2)
  • Best interests of the child (Article 3)
  • Life, survival and development (Article 6)
  • Respect the views of the child (Article 12) 

These articles are special because they help to interpret the other articles in the CRC Convention.  

In our journey to achieving the Gold Award, the children and staff will be learning  the following key vocabulary to have a deeper understanding of what it means to be a part of a rights respecting school:

  • INHERENT - Rights are Inherent.  Children are born with them and they cannot be taken away.
  • INDIVISIBLERights are indivisible and are interlinked.  No right is more important than another one.
  • INALIENABLE - Rights are inalienable.  This means that they cannot be given away and no one can take them away.  
  • UNIVERSAL - Rights are universal.  All children under 18, everywhere in the world have these rights.  
  • UNCONDITIONAL - Rights are unconditional.  This means that they are not dependent on the responsibility or performing an action to get them. Actions should respect the rights of others and not deny their rights. 


RRSA Silver Award Celebration

Articles in the playground

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Adults (duty bearers) helping children to achieve their rights. Most children are aware of the articles under the CRC Convention.

Children knowing articles

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Articles in Action

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Mount Stewart Infant School Assembly - RRSA Article 2
Non-discrimination and Freedom of speech