The UN International Day of Education is on 24 January. The theme ‘to invest in people, prioritise education’. In 2023, it is dedicated to Afghan women and girls. Education is a human right. It offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future.
Hayley Heyes from Byron Primary School attended our January club meeting . Hayley spoke about being a Rights Respecting School. They registered in 2016, and achieved Silver award in 2018. Unfortunately progress was halted during the pandemic but was relaunched in 2021.
Soroptimists have a partnership agreement with the school that includes: –
- participate in the Steering committee
- develop international links with schools
- support with activities that promote the ethos.
- send the school, a tweet or postcard from our travels
- share website links
- Provide ideas to help the community locally, nationally and internationally.
Byron recognise the challenges pupils and families face. So a Social Change project has been set up. Actions taken include: –
- Make end of term tag day a food bank donation going towards families at our school in real need
- Distribute left over fruit and veg from KS1 to families in need
- Advertise in Newsletter food apps like Olio and Too Good To Go, plus show the latest offers for deals in local café and restaurants
- Uniform donations to go to the Salvation Army.
- Host a come and take day at our school supported by the Salvation Army
- Coat Amnesty planned, donations going to the reuse and recycle shop in Nelson Road
The pupils have designed a mascot for the school called Rocky the Rights Respecting turtle. It is a gender-neutral turtle to represent equal rights for all. Rocky will be a colourful edition to classrooms. A useful way to gain enthusiasm and interest in Rights Respecting Schools.