Junior School pupils celebrate 30 years of children's rights

Junior School pupils celebrate 30 years of children's rights

Published on 4 December 2019

The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn, joined our pupils today to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we have held a programme of events to mark and celebrate this important anniversary.

Junior School pupils produced a book of posters to illustrate each of the articles in the convention. This was presented to UNICEF’s Interim Executive Director, Nick Roseveare, and is now on display in the charity’s headquarters in London.

The whole of the Junior School attended an assembly to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the convention. The celebrations were led by P7 pupils, who took it in turns to explain the origins of the convention, the importance of children as rights holders and how children can become advocates and help make the world a better place. 

Mr Hepburn spoke about the importance of rights for children and about Scotland’s commitment to enshrine these rights in law. He was joined, in the audience, by Joanna Cherry MP, Daniel Johnson MSP, Miles Briggs MSP, and Allison Johnstone MSP.

The questions about the convention came from one of our pupils in the role of Paddington Bear, UNICEF’s advocate and mascot for children’s rights. He was joined by Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children and passionate advocate for children’s rights. 

As a birthday present to the convention, our pupils were invited to bring £1 and to wear something blue to represent UNICEF.  Our pupils also put together a ‘rights cake’, made from birthday cards to celebrate the UNCRC. 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by the nations of the world in November 1989.

George Watson’s College Head of Junior School, George Salmond, said: “It was a great privilege to host MSPs, one MP and other guests at our school. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, it was important for us to mark this important anniversary. Adults have a duty to inform children of their rights and to guide them in demonstrating rights-respecting behaviour to all!”