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Sheffield children receive award which means the world

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with UNICEF UK's Anita Tiessen and head teacher Sue Hopkinson and pupils who have won the Respecting Schools Award

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with UNICEF UK's Anita Tiessen and head teacher Sue Hopkinson and pupils who have won the Respecting Schools Award

It meant the world to youngsters at a Sheffield primary school when Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg presented them with a prestigious award from Unicef UK.

Pupils and staff at Dore Primary were given the highest possible accolade by the organisation for commitment to promoting children’s rights.

The Rights Respecting School Award was handed over by the Sheffield Hallam MP, recognising that the concept of global citizenship lies at the heart of the school’s creative curriculum.

More than 170 British schools have so far been selected to receive the accolade.

Headteacher Sue Hopkinson said: “Many areas of learning here feed into understanding and caring for the world we live in and its people.

“The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a feature of the whole school ethos and everyone in school adopts the language of the convention.”

Mr Clegg said: “Everyone involved at the school, and in particular the children, deserve our praise.

“Showing respect for each other, understanding the world we live in and doing our bit to support those less fortunate are important parts of every child’s education.”

Unicef UK deputy executive director Anita Tiessen said: “The school very much impressed us with the way in which children learn in an environment that encourages and empowers them to make a difference close to home and globally.

“We’ve seen how pupils understand their rights and show respect for each other, show a strong desire to make a difference to the lives of children in developing countries, and regularly fundraise for projects in their community and globally.”

The award recognises a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life.

Anita added: “Dore Primary School has fully embraced the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and we are honoured to accredit the school with Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School Award.”

 

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