Today myself and Miss Bibi went to the Houses of Parliament to launch the CRAEs project, #homes4children as part of the Change it campaign. I have been working on this project for 4 years with Tufa.
First we went to the Jubilee room and met up with other members of the project. Then we took photographs of the scenery and listened to different speeches by some children who live in temporary accommodation. Finally we listened to a speech Siobon, an MP. It was an amazing experience where we met many MPs and introduced them to our campaign.
Did you know that adequate housing is a human right and this links with every child’s right to a decent standard of living, which is Article 27 from the UNCRC?
Nearly 45% of families housed in B&B were there in 2017, for longer than 6 weeks.
Help us continue to raise awareness and stop children along with their families from being placed in temporary accommodation for more than 6 weeks.
Today the School Ambassadors went to Pupil Parliament at Norton Rose Fulbright and met all the other school councillors from the E1 Partnership.
We talked about three different topics: The Environment, World of Work and Equality and Human Rights.
Within these three topics, we discussed how to improve our area and raise aspirations. There was a special panel who answered our questions. See the photo below of Yahya (Malaysia Class) asking his question.
After that we went into groups and created a presentation to present our ideas and next steps to others.
Finally we presented our actions for the upcoming year.
This Tuesday, some pupils from Thomas Buxton Primary School were invited to the Professional Development Centre for a special launch party for the Creative Communities Handbook Launch (visit the School Office to get your hand on a handbook) attended by community leaders and workers.
This event celebrated our ‘Every Child Cares‘ project work alongside Whitechapel Mission, the Tower Hamlets Food Bank Centre and our local soup kitchen to feed and support community members in need of help.
Pupils from Thomas Buxton Primary School and Smithy Street Primary School were part of a panel who were asked questions about their project work. They discussed how they led and developed their projects which engaged local communities using action research skills.
There was also a very special video which included our work and the work of local schools within the project. Click the link below to watch it too.
Here are some pictures from last summer where the 2016-2017 School Ambassadors went to the Golden Hinde for a celebration event for their hard work in the project. They were presented with a certificate and some more funding towards the Every Child Cares project by Mayor John Biggs.
We, as a school community, have worked very hard, to make sure that all children’s rights locally, nationally and globally are being respected. We hope to continue this throughout 2017-2018 and want your help and ideas on how to do this! Speak to your class School Ambassadors for more information. ‘You have the right to speak and be heard’- Article 12 UNCRC
Last week we completed our judgement of the class charters and book corners.
We were gobsmacked by the creativity and imagination of them all. We would like to begin by saying well done to everyone for your brilliant effort! We found it very difficult to choose only one class from each phase!
So drum roll please…
The prize for the most creative class charter in:
Year 1 and 2 goes to…Austraila Class!
Year 3 and 4 goes to …Cuba Class!
Year 5 and 6 goes to … Chile Class!
The prize for the most engaging book corner goes to….
Year 1 and 2…Thailand Class!
Year 3 and 4…Malaysia Class!
Year 5 and 6… Columbia Class!
The prizes will be coming round to those classes on this week!
Thank you for your donations to the community cohesion project! We received lots of food and toiletries from the whole school community. We will be taking the donations to our local homeless shelter on Monday the 3rd of April.
We made our very own special bags with inspirational messages to take the donations in.
The School Ambassadors were rewarded for their hard work and commitment this year with a trip to Kidzania – a mini city where children can participate in role-playing adventures. They can have different jobs, such as fire-fighter, mechanic or television presenter, or enroll in university or other enriching courses, like painting or animation school!
The day was a great chance for the children to think about what they would like to do when they are older and aspire to successful, rewarding jobs.
As you probably know, we were recently represented in Geneva, Switzerland by our Rights Respecting Ambassador. Travelling with CRAE, we went to meet with the UN Comittee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to deliver the special report CRAE have been working on.
While in Geneva, our ambassador was asked during a video diary to answer some questions…
If you would like to know more about the project, have a look at this clip:
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