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UNCRC Article of the Week (WC: 21st September 2020)

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Riversdale Primary School is a Gold Standard Rights Respecting School. We are proud to be an educational establishment that not only supports the rights of the child as stated in the United Nations Charter for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), but one that actively teaches children about their rights and encourages discussion around these.

Each week, the school will focus on a specific article of the UNCRC and we will be sharing these with parents/carers via the school website, Weduc and our social media platforms. The aim is to allow you to have further conversations around children's rights at home, thereby supporting their learning in school. 

This week's Article of the Week is...

Article 2: All children have the same rights and should be protected against discrimination. 

What does this mean?

Article 2 of the UNCRC says that individual children and young people shouldn't be discriminated against. Some forms of discrimination it covers include:

  • sexism
  • racism
  • sectarianism
  • homophobia
  • transphobia
  • discrimination against the disabled.

Direct and indirect discrimination

Article 2 is about indirect discrimination as well as direct discrimination.

Direct discrimination happens when a person is treated differently because of the way they are— such as if someone doesn't get a job because of their gender, or isn't treated equally because of their race.

Indirect discrimination happens when a rule applies to everyone in the same way, but affects some people unfairly. For example, if there was a rule that nobody who went to an after school club would have transport provided for them, this would have more negative effects on young people with limited mobility. 

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