The conference focused on the rights of young people and involved participating in a workshop looking at the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) over time.
The convention was adopted into law in 1989 and is the most widely ratified treaty in the world. Only the USA has not signed up to it.
Students also attended a workshop for developing ideas to help promote and benefit from student rights in school, and a debate, where students argued for and against School Student Councils.
Students met with Commissioner Sally Holland, who ran some of the sessions and was happy to take photographs and answer student’s questions.
Emily and Amelie said “The conference was enjoyable and informative. We learned a lot about the UNCRC. We’ve had lots of ideas for ways we can improve Ysgol Eirias. We met new people from other schools and really enjoyed the debate.”
The students also played a new Board Game involving Goblins called ‘A Brave New World’, where some Goblins are more privileged than others, and where Goblins face issues of unfairness, discrimination, rights violations and a lack of self-determination.
Emily and Amelie’s enthusiasm for the game resulted in receiving a free copy for school use to help staff and students better appreciate the rights of young people. Emilie and Amelie now plan to teach the game to staff and so hopefully allow other students to enjoy it too.