Young ambassadors from Sunderland schools met to learn from each other, understanding how a global charter protecting their rights can help them become good citizens in their communities.
A delegation from Diamond Hall Junior Academy met with young ambassadors at Academy 360 to learn about life at the secondary school.
And the Diamond Hall pupils seized the opportunity to present their knowledge of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to senior teaching leaders in Academy 360’s boardroom.
They answered questions on the charter which contains 54 articles covering all aspects of a child’s life, setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights children worldwide are entitled to.
The youngsters’ impressive knowledge of the UN charter has broadened their understanding of the opportunities that exist for children and helped them understand the contribution they can make to society as individuals.
Academy 360’s hand-picked ambassadors acted as tour guides for the Diamond Hall Juniors, showing them the school’s top facilities and sampling everyday life inside the thriving academy.
Rachel Donohue, Academy 360 Principal, said: “I was so impressed by pupils when visiting Diamond Hall Junior Academy that I asked for the children to present to senior leaders at our school.
“I believe what they are doing is absolutely crucial to developing good habits for not only good leaders, but for good citizens.
“Our senior leadership team asked them questions about their work because we are keen to learn from them – they are influencing change at Academy 360.
“Although we are a fast improving school, we think there is more we can do to develop good citizenship in our young people and Diamond Hall Junior Academy children are leading the way.
“Our pupils will understand that when they leave school it is important to be a good citizen; they can apply the UN articles to any area of life, such as the right to a good education which allows them to grow and be successful or their right to apply for a job and be treated fairly without discrimination.”