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Cleveland school hosts nation's first children's rights conference
CHILDREN from an east Cleveland school will host the nation’s first children’s rights conference.
Pupils aged four to 11 from Whitecliffe Primary School, in Carlin How, will invite 80 students from 18 local schools to their conference on Friday, March 15.
Whitecliffe Primary was praised last year by charity Unicef after receiving a Rights Respecting School Award. They will use the conference to help other schools match their achievement.
Head teacher Chris Shannon said: “Our pupils have been extremely passionate about children’s rights since we got the Unicef award last February and they have done an outstanding job in organising this event. We are all looking forward to a fantastic occasion.”
The conference was thought up by ex-pupils Alex Ayre and Jodie Found who will also MC the event.
The award was for the school’s work in promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and encouraging children to become active citizens.
The convention sets out the basic rights for children, including the right to education which must "develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full."
Joan Guy, cabinet member for children’s services and education at Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “The enthusiasm of the Whitecliffe Primary School pupils for children’s rights issues is tremendous and I’m sure this event will be a great success.”