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

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.”