Banging a drum for rights of children

The drum workshop held at St Josephs Primary Blackhall

The drum workshop held at St Josephs Primary Blackhall

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Hundreds of pupils banged the drum for the right to be heard during an event at their school.

Blackhall’s St Joseph’s Primary School invited around a dozen other East Durham schools along for a carousel of activities held as part of Rights Respecting work the school has been doing.

The school is waiting to hear whether it has been awarded the Level 2 Rights Respecting school award from Unicef.

The scheme is based on the rights of the child and 150 schoolchildren who are Rights Respecting ambassadors took part in a number of activities.

The right to education was illustrated by a reading activity, and a fruit kebab-making activity represented the right to nutritious food.

Also on the carousel was a science experiment showing the right to water, and the children made a shelter to represent the right to shelter.

They also made bookmarks with their names on to show the right to a name, and they took part in a drum workshop with the Drum Cafe group, illustrating the right to be heard.

St Joseph’s headteacher Marie-Louise Binks said: “The children worked together in teams and shared their knowledge about rights.

“It’s important to understand that they all have rights, and as adults we have duty-bearers of rights.”

 

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