Inspirational school visitor

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FARLINGTON School had a visit from Children’s Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson last week.

Diana Heath of Farlington School told the County Times: “Dr Atkinson’s role is an incredibly important one; to enable children and young people to have a genuine voice in Britain today.

“The girls in Years 10 and 11 greatly enjoyed the Commissioner’s presentation and the workshop on the UN Declaration of Human Rights for Children, and they hope to continue being involved in supporting her in continuing her work.”

Jane Williams, Head of Years 10 and 11 at Farlington, said Dr Atkinson was one of the best speakers she had heard in a long time.

“Dr Atkinson demanded that the girls think seriously about their rights and the rights of all children and the girls left with a far greater sense of empowerment and feeling inspired to help all children to have these legal rights.

“She spoke about herself and how she got the post of Children’s Commisssioner and was truly inspirational, as well as thought-provoking.”

One of the students commented: “It was really interesting to find out that the Children’s Act was the largest Human Rights act in the world and only two countries have not signed it.

“She made us think about what powers we have in school and how fortunate we are to be able to express our views. We would have loved to talk to her longer but we all really enjoyed the time we had with her.”

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