|P7 Sciennes pupils with MYSPs Joel, Suki and Thomas and Maree Todd MSP|
|Juliet Harris and Liz Millership (Together), Maree Todd MSP and Linda Fabiani MSP|
|2017 State of Children’s Rights in Scotland published today|
|Rightly proud pupils and parents|
|P7 explain the journey along the seven panels of their child rights mural, from ‘The Policy Factory’ panel where children’s voices are excluded to ‘The Meadow of Rights’ panel where “everyone can be who they are” and have their voices heard.|
Cathy McCulloch (Director) and Chelsea Stinson, Children’s Voices Project Manager from the Children’s Parliament (based at Summerhall) approached us last year with this very exciting opportunity to work with Together – the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights.
As part of a seminar series on children’s rights in law, practice and policy, Together and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute worked with international delegates to ensure that children and young people play a key role and that key messages from the seminars are accessible to everyone. Together commissioned artists Joanna Boyce, Yonnie and Lyver to work with our then P6 pupils to present key messages in a creative and engaging way. Three young people who had attended the seminars (Joel, Thomas and Suki) interpreted the key messages and themes then our P6 pupils (now P7) worked closely with the artists to visualise the imagery suggested, for example ‘rights in the clouds’, ‘a policy factory’, ‘a meadow of rights’ and ‘connected Together in a daisy chain.’
Having adopted the name ‘The Clan of Children’s Rights’, this group of pupils will continue supporting and developing our rights based learning at Sciennes (particularly in the Year of Young People 2018) and we sincerely thank all involved in this project for helping them gain the confidence, understanding and enthusiasm to take a lead role within our school.