The children at Osmani School exercised their right to voice their opinion and express their view when they voted for their chosen candidates to represent their class as Rights Respecting Ambassadors. We held an Election Day where the children in Year 2 to Year 6 voted in democratic fashion placing their private votes into a ballot box.
Our brand new ambassadors will work to ensure every member of our school community is aware of the UNCRC articles and of children’s rights. They will attend weekly meetings where they will discuss any issues that have arisen from discussions within their class and make decisions affecting our school.
At Osmani School, we respect the views and contributions made by our ambassadors and aim to use these to make improvements to our school whenever possible. Our wonderful pupils are excellent at identifying issues that are important to them and tackling them.
At the meetings, they discuss issues which concern the children in school, such as:
How the learning and curriculum at our school can be improved.
How we, as a school, can contribute to the wider community.
How we can resolve conflicts with our peers using our TAG system.
How we can influence events and the development of the school.
How to raise awareness of RRSA and the Global Goals in school.
On Wednesday 14th March 2018, Four Rights Respecting Ambassadors presented as a Tower Hamlets Primary Headteachers Consultative meeting. The Pupil Parliament presentation was presented eloquently and confidently by the ambassadors at the Tower Hamlets PDC.
The Headteachers were extremely impressed and the feedback about the presentation was overwhelmingly positive.
As part of the one of the E1 Pupil Parliament actions, the Rights Respecting Ambassadors presented an assembly to the school about a Shoe Share project that the children, staff and parents will be taking part in next week.
Shoe Share is a UNICEF and Clarks project which asks for donations of old and unwanted pairs of shoes. The money raised from the shoes will help the charity support children’s right to an education in poorer countries around the world.
On Monday 19th March- Friday 23rd March, we ask you all to donate your unwanted shoes so that we can support and help make a change to children’s lives.
The Rights Respecting Ambassadors went on an exciting trip to the Houses of Parliament. They were welcomed and taken through security before going on a grand tour of the historical building. The ambassadors stood in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before taking part in a workshop called: ‘Pupil’s Parliament’. The workshop reminded us that we can make changes to laws we are not happy with. Women fought for over 70 years to have the right to vote. Their voices and actions made a huge change to democracy.
The ambassadors had an amazing time and all felt inspired to become the next budding MP, Lord, Baroness or even Prime Minister!
On Thursday 14th September, the children at Osmani School voted for their brand new Rights Respecting Ambassadors and Attendance Ambassadors. We held an Election Day where the children in Year 2-Year 6 voted in democratic fashion for their chosen candidates. Well done to all the children for exercising their right to express their opinion and be heard.
Congratulations to the winners and runner ups. Osmani looks forward to another year of success and improvements put forward by the new ambassadors.
‘The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential.’
Congratulations! Osmani School is very proud to announce that we have successfully achieved the Unicef UK Level 1 Award for our rights-respecting work. Since September 2016, we have been raising awareness of children’s rights within and around our school. All of our collective Rights Respecting work has improved our understanding of children’s rights around the globe and raised awareness of children who have not been allowed to exercise their rights.
We would like to thank parents, governors, staff and the children for their contributions and support to helping us achieve this award.
The Rights Respecting Ambassadors from Year 3-6 took part in the annual Pupil Parliament at Norton Rose Fulbright.
The children were joined by 6 other schools in the local area:
During Pupil Parliament, the ambassadors were given the opportunity to ask questions to a panel, including Rushanara Ali- the MP of Bethnal Green and Bow, about topics that were important to them. The three topics were:
Crime and Anti-social behaviour
Human Rights and Equality
We then came up with an action plan and presented them to the whole room. There were about 100 people in total! At Osmani, we are going to put some of these plans into action and make small changes to help improve some of the issues that were discussed.
As many of you may be aware, at Osmani we are working towards achieving the Level 1 Rights Respecting School’s Award. For this to be a success, we need children and parents to be aware of what this is about.
An additional homework project was set for the whole family to get involved and find out about Rights Respecting Schools. We encouraged children to get help completing the activities.
For this project homework, they were given suggested activities. They were expected to present what they have found out to the rest of their class. Here are some pictures of some of the phenomenal homework that was completed!
At Osmani, we would like to thank you for your donations linked to Harvest festival. Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors took all the donations to Whitechapel Mission- a nearby homeless shelter. We were greeted by Sue and Tony, two staff members who spend most of their time at the mission feeding and supporting homeless people. We were humbled by the work that takes place at the mission and were surprised to find out how many people were on the streets and in need of our help. We learnt that the best way to make a difference was not only to donate but to pass on our knowledge and make others aware. We are extremely lucky to be getting an education and we were told to make the most of the opportunities given to us.
We would like to say a special thanks to Mrs. Asiya Jama who donated an entire box of food supplies for the cause.
The Rights Respecting Ambassadors went on an exciting trip to the Houses of Parliament. They were welcomed and taken through security before going on a grand tour of the historical building. The ambassadors stood in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before taking part in a workshop called: ‘Your Voice’.
They had an amazing time and all felt inspired to become the next budding MP, Lord, Baroness or even Prime Minister!