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Highlands College Begins its Rights Respecting Journey

Highlands College is working towards gaining recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting College’, an award given on behalf of Unicef UK, which recognises that the rights of children and young people are at the heart of our ethos and culture.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

The UNCRC sets out the rights of every person under 18; it is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and is written into international law. The UNCRC was extended to Jersey in 2014 and commits the island to protecting and upholding children’s rights and to being assessed by the United Nations on its progress.

The Rights Respecting Award is based on the principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation; a Rights Respecting College models rights and respect in all of its relationships. Highlands students will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day, both within and outside of college.

For further information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Rights Respecting Award, visit: www.unicef.org.uk