Mrs Jackson explained to the pupils that this month we would be combining two Articles from the UNCRC:
Article 3 – It states that all adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.
Article 12 – It states that all children have the right to give their opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
Mrs Jackson along with the help of some CORE committee members helped the pupils understand that although all children are allowed to have their say in matters that affect them, sometimes adults have to make decisions that look after children’s best interests.
The CORE committee and the rest of the children helped Mrs Jackson work through some different scenarios where adults had listened carefully to their child’s opinions and then made the best decision that looked after their interests. Some of the scenarios including choosing what secondary school to attend, what clothing to wear and what food to eat. The quiz really helped us all to see the link between the two Articles.
Mrs Jackson also spoke to the pupils about the current crisis in East Africa. Sadly 16 million people including many children are on the brink of starvation and urgently need food, clean water and medical treatment.
Since this links so closely to last month’s Article which was the ‘right to life’ the children will all discuss in their classes how the CORE committee could use the next profits from the Primary 7 tuck shop to help children affected by this crisis.