UNICEF - Rights Respecting School
The children have produced information about the work we do and you can access this here.
Further information is below.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is a UNICEF UK programme that puts children’s rights at the heart of schools.
It is based on the 54 Articles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child 1989, ratified by 196 states across the world. The award
recognizes that the convention is put into practice within the school and it’s greater supporting community, leading to Global Citizenship
and Sustainable Development
At Byron we integrate these important values across the curriculum and in our everyday interaction between children, staff and the
wider community. Class topics are planned with a RRSA focus especially in PSHE and regular assemblies are held to inform and
sustain motivation and interest. Each term a different article is selected to provide such a focus. In addition as part of the awards global
commitments, fund raising and international links enhance our profile within the wider community and expose the children to a variety
of cultures, leading to greater understanding and respect.
We have an active steering group of children and adults, who along with all members of the school have worked together to
successfully achieve the Bronze Award (November 2017) and are currently working towards becoming a Silver Award school.
‘Independent research and feedback from schools show that the Award has a profound impact on children and young people, and the
school as a whole. When the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are introduced and
reinforced throughout school life, children and the wider school community benefit.
Evidence suggests that these benefits include:
§ Pupils develop a long-term commitment to values such as social justice and inclusion
§ There is a reduction in bullying and discriminatory behaviour among children
§ Pupils enjoy and feel safe at school
§ Pupils feel included and valued
§ Pupils’ wellbeing and emotional resilience is improved
§ Pupils’ engagement in the school and their own learning is improved
§ Pupils’ attainment is improved, and the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is narrowed
§ Pupils are more engaged in their local and global communities as ‘active citizens’
Regular updates are published in our newsletters, further information is available from the school office or by following the link.
The main UNICEF site link –
Zisize Feeding Scheme
We are fundraising for the Zisize Feeding Scheme through a Toy Sale following information provided to us by Medway Soroptimists.
Medway Soroptimists first heard about Zisize (which means ‘help yourself’ in Zulu) in 2001 when they attended a Soroptimist conference in Durban, South Africa and met Niki Lee from Zisize.
Niki told us about the feeding schemes which Zisize had just started. This followed a detailed survey at Mpontshini Primary School where lack of food at home was identified by 91 children as being a major problem for them, many were not eating at all on weekends.
The United Nations recognises that at school age (5 to 17 years old), hunger keeps children from making the most of opportunities to learn and develop their minds.
Zisize employs a local woman at each location to cook, who previously has had no income.
All meals are cooked in pots over open fires as shown in the photo.
The meals provided are very basic and are made up of rice, mealie meal or samp, soya, gravy, potatoes and vegetables.
To provide these Feeding programmes at weekends and school holidays
- It costs just 300 Rands (£16) a year to fully cover the cost of one child’s meal each non school day throughout the year
- It costs an estimated 16650 Rands (£892) per month to feed the identified 666 children in need at weekends and during school holidays.