Wholeschool Portal | Home 17 October 2016

Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Charter on Human Rights

In March four pupils, Sarah Adams and Alex Kernaghan from Year 10, along with Leoni Egerton and Dorothy McDowell from Year 13 were pleased to represent the school at a special event organised by the United Nations Association for Northern Ireland to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and its charter on human rights.  This event is part of a series of events across all the new Council districts.     The girls, supported by Mr Mervyn Hall delivered a powerpoint presentation at an event in the Townhall hosted by the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Council, Mr Thomas O’Reilly; in their presentation the girls demonstrated how the Collegiate community respects the principles of several key articles from the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in key aspects of school life.  They spoke, for example, of the central role of the active school council in giving pupils a voice and they highlighted the positive role of the peer mentoring scheme ‘Big Sister, Little Sister’ in promoting respect across the year groups.   Alex and Sarah also outlined how they had conducted a school survey on disability access as part of their Citizenship studies in Year 9:  one group of pupils had used a wheelchair to test issues such as access and height of desks and taps for wheelchair users.  The presentation was warmly received and the girls were complemented on their practical and sensitive approach to these important issues.  The pupils were then invited on behalf of the UNA –NI to present a copy of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to the Council Chairman and in turn the Collegiate representatives received a special commemorative copy in the shape of a peace dove.  The four girls later made their presentation at a whole school assembly where they were warmly applauded by the whole school.