Live link-up celebrates Swansea becoming UK capital of children's rights
A LIVE link-up of pupils across Swansea celebrated the city becoming the UK capital of children’s rights.
Last month, Swansea Council voted to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), making it the first city in the UK to do so. By adopting the Convention, it means the authority has a duty to have due regard to children and young people’s rights in everything they do.
Swansea University, which will act as the council’s children and young people’s rights external monitoring body, today hosted a celebration, which was streamed live to schools across Swansea, as well the big screen in Castle Garden.
Pupils from Cadle, Burlais, Brynhyfryd, Gwyrosydd, Penllergaer, Glyncollen and Llanrhydian joined the pupils from Blaenymaes, Hafod and Pentrehafod Schools to sing the World in Union song and their own school rights anthem.
Blaenymaes, Pentrehafod and Hafod have already embedded the convention into their schools.
Bev Phillips, head teacher at Blaenymaes Primary, said: “The programme has enabled the children to better understand why we work the way we do and influence change for the better.
“Children are happier in school, they want to come to school in the morning and they want to help each other to learn.
“They are more confident and more able and willing to play a vital role in how the school develops and moves forward. It's also helped bring the wider community together too”.
The event heard from Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, former First Minister and Chancellor of Swansea University Rhordir Morgan, as well as members of Swansea Council’s cabinet.
Mitchell Theaker, cabinet member for opportunities for children and young people said: “Through this motion, the council sent out a clear signal that it wants to crush poverty in our city, create opportunities for those who are often most vulnerable, and ensure that each child and young person in Swansea is helped to be the best that they can. What we have done in Swansea goes a long to set the scene so that this can happen”.