UNCRC Resource Hub

Introduction

CCEA and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) have partnered to create this child rights resource hub for teachers and pupils.

Its aim is to provide a range of resources that will help to tell children and young people about their rights, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). You can find out more about the UNCRC, its relevance to the curriculum, and importance for young people here.

All these workshops and exercises are free to use, and more will be added as they become available.

UPDATE – Poverty Awareness October 2018:
In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, CCEA and NICCY worked in partnership to create a Poverty Awareness animation. Poverty is a lot more than 'only' a monetary issue and the persistence of poverty, both globally and within Northern Ireland, is a major concern.

This animation can link to the following Primary School Activities:

And the following Post-Primary Workshops:

Icebreakers

Icebreakers  252 KB

Active Learning and Teaching Methods Key Stage 1&2 [PDF] Key Stage 3 [PDF]
Communication Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3
TSPC Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3

Energisers  244 KB

Active Learning and Teaching Methods Key Stage 1&2 [PDF] Key Stage 3 [PDF]
Communication Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3
TSPC Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3

Primary

Additional Resources

This resource was developed for Key Stage 3 teachers in England so may need to be adapted as appropriate. ‘Right Here, Right Now’ was developed in partnership between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ); British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and involved Amnesty International and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

A resource for teaching KS4 Local and Global Citizenship for the Learning for Life and Work Curriculum in Northern Ireland, produced by Amnesty International in association with NIHRC.

About

About the UNCRC, its relevance to the curriculum and importance for young people

Ensuring that young people understand their rights through the United Nation Convention of the Child (UNCRC) are key elements of the PD&MU (Personal Development & Mutual Understanding) and LLW (Learning for Life & Work) curricula. It provides an understanding for young people of how their lives are governed, and how they can participate to improve the quality of their own lives, and that of others through democratic processes.

By using the workshops and exercises in this section, teachers can help pupils to:

  • Respect their own rights and the rights of others;
  • Recognise the interdependence of people, communities and the environment; and
  • Contribute to the welfare of school, the community and the environment.

Teachers can assist the development of young people’s personal development and concept of citizenship by providing frequent opportunities, within and across the curriculum, for young people to think about and experience what it means to act democratically.

For example:

  • To make democratic choices in class;
  • To play a helpful part in the life of the school;
  • To act considerately and democratically within their family; and
  • To participate in democratic activities, such as charitable, youth and other supportive endeavours in their community and wider world.

Pupils should have opportunities to consider issues of diversity and inclusion, equality and justice, human rights and social responsibility; to make reasoned value judgements about desirable action in particular situations, especially where democracy is under challenge or where values are in conflict and compromise may be required.

In June 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published a report known as 'Concluding Observations'. The report is about how the UK is doing at keeping the promises it made to children and young people through the UNCRC. It shows government the right way to make sure children’s rights become a reality.

One of the recommendations relating to education was that children’s rights education should become a mandatory part of the curriculum. Although the resources below are not mandatory, they can provide a basis for children and young people to learn about rights, to learn through rights and to learn about their potential impact to affect change in society and the wider world.

Icebreakers

Icebreakers

Icebreakers  252 KB

Active Learning and Teaching Methods Key Stage 1&2 [PDF] Key Stage 3 [PDF]
Communication Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3
TSPC Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3

Energisers  244 KB

Active Learning and Teaching Methods Key Stage 1&2 [PDF] Key Stage 3 [PDF]
Communication Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3
TSPC Key Stage 1&2 Key Stage 3

Primary

Primary

Post-Primary

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

This resource was developed for Key Stage 3 teachers in England so may need to be adapted as appropriate. ‘Right Here, Right Now’ was developed in partnership between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ); British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and involved Amnesty International and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

A resource for teaching KS4 Local and Global Citizenship for the Learning for Life and Work Curriculum in Northern Ireland, produced by Amnesty International in association with NIHRC.