Pupils at Bearsden Academy welcomed a special visitor to the school recently when Tam Baillie, the children’s commissioner, arrived.
Bearsden Academy recently became a Rights Respecting School and is one of only a handful in Scotland to hold the UNICEF Award.
In a rights respecting school pupils learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the rights and responsibilities that are implied. They learn that they have rights and need to respect the rights of others.
Tam Baillie’s visit was one of a series of meetings with young people across Scotland to report back on the work he’s been doing since they cast their votes in a wide-ranging consultation called A RIGHT Blether.
More than 74,000 children and young people voted to identify priorities for action and the results are now part of the commissioner’s strategic plan. They wanted him to help them feel safe and secure in their home, have the same chances no matter how much money their families have, and feel respected.
Tam Baillie said: “The opinions and experiences of children are vital in helping to guide my work.
“I am working hard on the issues of child abuse and neglect, equal opportunites for learning, challenging negative stereotypes and improving the lives of disabled children, to better realise the rights of children in Scotland.
“I was very impressed by the rights-based work being undertaken by Bearsden Academy and its partner primaries.
“The event provided me with the opportunity to hear the views of the children and young people’s representatives who attended.”