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Fraser Region

In 2008, UNICEF Canada began working with the Coquitlam School District in British Columbia to pilot Canada's first Rights Respecting School at Cape Horn Elementary School. The professional educational staff of UNICEF Canada worked closely with the school community to determine the best ways to support Canadian students, teachers, parents, and school staff who choose to
 

A Rights Respecting School

  • Places the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (The Convention) at the heart of the school's culture
  • Teaches and incorporates understanding of responsibilities people have for one another, and that societies have for children
  • Provides coherence to daily tasks of teaching curriculum, administering policy, managing programs, and dealing with issues, opportunities and challenges\
  • Provides opportunity for children to voice opinions about their school, to participate in school and classroom decisions, and to contribute to resolving problems

UNICEF found that some of the proven benefits to having a rights respecting school are:

  • Improved learning in the classroom
  • A decline in bullying and absenteeism
  • Increased compassion
  • Improved classroom and school atmosphere
  • Increased global awareness
Some former students got an opportunity to speak at the Champions for Children Summit with BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond about their school’s experience with becoming a rights respecting school

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