A lesson in children’s rights

JPCT 300412 Tanbridge House School students who gave speech in HDC meeting. L to R Brandon Whittington 13, Emily Stimpson 13,Emily MvVrey 11 and Luke Green 12. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 300412 Tanbridge House School students who gave speech in HDC meeting. L to R Brandon Whittington 13, Emily Stimpson 13,Emily MvVrey 11 and Luke Green 12. Photo by Derek Martin
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PUPILS from Tanbridge House School taught Horsham councillors about their rights by giving a presentation last week.

Luke Green, 12, Emily Stimpson, 13, Emily McCrea, 11, and Brandon Whittington, 13, stood up in the Horsham District Council chamber on Wednesday to tell members about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Among the 45 rights laid out in the Convention, they highlighted that every child in the world has the right ‘to say what they think in all matters affecting them and for their views to be taken seriously’ as well as the right to be cared for, to have shelter, to be protected from abuse and have an education.

Luke said: “Adam Breacher met us when we arrived. He told us it would be all right and the councillors wouldn’t bite.”

Emily McCrea said: “I found it really interesting because nobody gets to do that normally.”

The project was part of the school’s work to gain awards in the Unicef Rights, Respect and Responsibilities charter and the pupils had learnt about the legislation and Unicef’s work from a drama workshops

Emily Stimpson said: “We never really understood Unicef’s work and I never really knew about it until we did the drama.”

Sally Hawes, senior leader of learning inclusion, said: “They were marvellous because they did it without appearing nervous. I was really proud of them.”

Brandon said they were now working with a Kenyan school to make sure they get their rights too.