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TCC’s Top 7 – Articles of the UNCRC – as voted the most important to our students, by our students

UNCRC Summary – Articles

This year, as part of the Rights Respecting Schools tutor programme, TCC has been focusing on the humanitarian crisis which has been taking place across Europe over the past 2 years.  Refugees from Syria and the middle east have been forced to flee their homes to seek safety in neighbouring countries, meaning that 2 million children, and millions more people, lack access to the most basic necessities to survive.  Our students here at TCC have discussed the events which have led to this crisis, and the circumstances surrounding them.  As a college who works closely with UNICEF, taking the rights of our students seriously, supporting the United Nations Convention for the Rights of a Child (UNCRC), we encourage our students’ views and opinions on matters that both affect them personally in college, as well as those issues that affect children and young people in our communities, as well as on a wider scale – concerning the rights of those children in our global community.

Article 2 – Without discrimination

Article 3 – In the best interests of our students

Article 6 – Endeavouring to ensure that our students survive and grow up to be healthy

Article 17 – Providing our students with information from the mass media

Article 27 – Meeting the physical, social and mental needs of our students

‘This term’s Rights Respecting Schools tutor sessions are centred around a debating model, designed to encourage our students to engage with the information they are confronted with day to day in the mass media. 

At the end of last term, the outcomes of our final RRS Steering Group meeting for the academic year, brought to light concerns facing young people from students, governors and parents alike; images, blogs and posts in the mass media which exemplify concerns surrounding ‘Body Image’ in both males and females.  It was expressed that this is not only an issue in advertising – magazines, posters etc. but more importantly the more serious issue regarding the on-going and escalation in the use of social media among young people from an early age.

With this in mind, ‘RRS Discussions’ for this half term are focused on this all important topic, beginning with a reflection on the statistics, as well as common misconceptions, that our young people have of the subject of ‘Body Image’.  We are therefore inviting our students to engage with, and take part in, debates on topics surrounding these misconceptions, and in turn hope to encourage a greater understanding of their own personal views and opinions, as well as those of their peers, which may also have an impact on their own levels of Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence.

Students will explore a wide range of factors generated in this area through discussion, whilst hopefully realising that their views are shared by many, and through debate, allow these potentially previously undisclosed concerns to be openly shared, discussed and explored in an informative and supportive environment.’