Smith Congratulates Fife High School For Scooping Prestigious UNICEF Award

16 June 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, an alternate member of the Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, has today (Wednesday) written to Kirkland High School and Community College to congratulate them for being one of the first two secondary schools in Scotland to be given the status of Rights Respecting Schools from UNICEF. Kirkland is also the first secondary school in Fife to receive the award.

The Rights Respecting award is a nation-wide scheme that teaches children and young people that they have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). They also learn to be responsible for respecting others' rights. The ethos created demonstrates to young people the inclusiveness of a rights respecting school and paves the way to participation in the life of the community. This in turn helps them to learn how to formulate, express and listen to opinions, helping to raise their achievement.

Alyn Smith said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Kirkland High School and Community College and I want to offer all the pupils and staff my wholehearted congratulations.

“UNICEF and the United Nations play a pivotal role in protecting the rights of young people around the world and it’s imperative that young people are aware that they have the right to speak out on matters that affect them – this right underpins democracy.

“I'm sure this will be the first of many UNICEF awards to be granted to schools in Fife and Scotland as a whole.”