Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

Rights and Responsibilities

Our girls were certainly very well informed about their rights as they responded with enthusiasm and all the correct information in Mrs Davis’ Assembly. UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, was established in 1946 to help children in war-torn Europe, China and the Middle East, but more recently its mandate was extended to address the needs of all children in the developing world. Even in our relatively peaceful, and thankfully, conflict-free country, the rights of all children are upheld and applied with a particular set of rights concerning nursery and primary age children. Our girls were aware they had the right to be sheltered and kept warm, receive food and drink, be safe, receive an education, be heard and not harmed, amongst other valid points. What we learnt today was very interesting as it promoted the idea that alongside these rights were responsibilities; hand-in-hand, you could not have one without the other. So when the girls understood they had the right to be safe and unharmed, they also heard their responsibility not to bully and harm others; along with their right to be sheltered and protected they have a responsibility to care for the environment. The following rights and responsibilities make interesting reading and a good ‘starter for ten’ in conversation around the family dinner table.

The right to adequate nutrition and their responsibility not to waste food and drink.

The right to play, relax and enjoy a range of activities and their responsibility to include others in their games.

The right to make mistakes and their responsibility to learn from their mistakes.

The right to receive attention for any special need they may have and their responsibility to be the best they can personally be.

The right to proper medical care and treatment and their responsibility to look after themselves with good hygiene practice.

The right to be loved and respected and their responsibility to show love and respect to others.

The right to be heard and their responsibility to listen.

The right to their own religion and beliefs and their responsibility to respect others’ thoughts and beliefs.

The right to be educated and their responsibility to learn as much as they can and help others learn too.